Whakaari / White Island – return onto island

Attributable to Deputy Commissioner John Tims, National Operations Commander:

A recovery team is this morning returning to Whakaari / White Island, with boots on the ground and resource in the air.

As with the first recovery operation, the plan is contingent on a range of risk factors which have been, and will continually be, assessed.

Two teams of four Search and Rescue and Disaster Victim Identification staff are being taken to the island by helicopter.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.