Six bodies recovered from Whakaari / White Island

Statement attributable to Police Commissioner Mike Bush

Today New Zealand Defence Force and Police staff have successfully recovered six bodies from Whakaari / White Island.

Unfortunately the recovery option is not over as two people remain unaccounted for. We know at least one body is in the water and divers on the Police launch Deodar are currently attempting to recover this body.

We are making every effort to locate and recover the two remaining deceased.

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