Update 5: Whaakari / White Island

Statement attributable to Deputy Commissioner John Tims, National Operations Commander

This morning at 8am, three helicopters- two commercial helicopters and the Police Eagle helicopter – left for Whaakari / White Island with eight Police staff on board.

Those staff covered a search area where our best information suggested a body could still remain.

Unfortunately, we did not locate a body this morning.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.