Six bodies have been airlifted off the White Island Volcanic Eruption Site in New Zealand out of eight believed to have been left there after last Monday’s volcanic eruption.
The bodies have been flown to the naval vessel HMNZS Wellington.
The high-speed operation to recover the bodies was launched despite the risk of another eruption.
Dozens of tourists were visiting White Island when the eruption occurred, killing eight other people while 20 others remained in intensive care with severe burns.
Relatives waited anxiously for the mission’s return after earlier attending a blessing near the island.
Some 47 visitors from around the world were on the island when it erupted.
Twenty-four of them were from Australia, nine from the US, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from China, two from the UK, as well as one from Malaysia.
Families of the victims have been growing increasingly desperate for the bodies to be
The Deputy Police Commissioner John Tims said Conditions on the island were favourable.
New Zealand’s geological hazard information site,GeoNet however revealed yesterday that there was a 50-60% chance of another eruption within the next 24 hours.