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New Zealand retrieves bodies from volcanic island

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New Zealand retrieves bodies from volcanic island

New Zealand retrieves bodies from volcanic island

A New Zealand military team recovered six bodies on Friday (December 13) from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, in a high risk operation watched by dozens of grieving family members waiting on the mainland.

Military personnel worked as quickly as possible after using helicopters to land on White Island, which experts have said still has a 50-60% chance of another eruption over the coming hours.

Six of the eight bodies on the island were successfully retrieved and taken to a the HMNZS Wellington naval patrol vessel, police said.

Recovery teams had good knowledge of the location of those six before landing.

The whereabouts of the other two was less certain and it was unclear when those bodies would be recovered.




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