Eruption recovery team working on White Isand
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Posted December 13, 2019
A blessing was held at sea with representatives of the families of the victims of the Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption this morning.
The first boat left around 4:30 am.
The family representatives returned to the mainland and the operation to recover the eight bodies on the island commenced.
The eight person recovery team, believed to be SAS members, is on the island.
Police say the operation is taking longer than expected due to the restrictive protective equipment the recovery team is wearing. Otherwise, conditions are good in regard to the weather, sea and conditions on Whakaari / White Island.
Photo: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust - Marcel