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Whakaari / White Island search resumes today

Whakaari / White Island search resumes today

Posted December 16, 2019
Emergency Services

The aerial search resumes today for the last two bodies at White Island.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the search will continue for as long as there’s a chance to recover the bodies.

Currently the volcanic alert level for the island is 2.

Police believe at least one of the bodies is in the water. They are unsure of the location of the other victim.

Commissioner Bush said, “The assurance we can give to family and whanau is that we continue to put every effort into locating the remaining two missing people.”

Police have formally released further names of victims identified following the volcanic eruption on Whakaari / White Island on Monday 9 December 2019.

Name: Matthew Robert HOLLANDER
Gender: Male
Age: 13
Citizenship: US (Australian permanent resident)

Name: Berend Lawrence HOLLANDER
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Citizenship: US (Australian permanent resident)

Name Karla Michelle MATHEWS
Gender: Female
Age: 32
Citizenship: Australia

Eight people have so far been formally identified, and more are expected today with the process going really well, Commissioner Bush said, adding that he’s confident everybody will be identified.

Photo: NZ Police