In a dangerous mission, it managed to save six equal from the volcanic island in New Zealand.
It is managed to take in six equal after the eruption of the volcano on White Island in New Zealand in a difficult mission, as bjærgningsholdet implemented despite the risk of a new outbreak.
The police according to AFP news agency on Friday, local time.
- Six equal has successfully been salvaged from Whakaari-White Island and is now on board HMNZS Wellington, says deputy commissioner John Tims, according to AFP.
even before Friday's action, there were eight confirmed dead after the volcanic eruption, which took place on Monday.
The official death toll is still eight, when they discovered similar remains classified as a missing persons until they are identified, writes the news agency Reuters.
But the death toll may and is expected to increase to at least 14 after the action.
Two more people are reported missing and assumed to have perished on the island.
Australia's minister for foreign affairs, Marise Payne, says according to Reuters, bjærgningsholdet from New Zealand will take back to the White Island as quickly as possible in order to retrieve the two remaining.
The six were recovered in a dangerous rescue operation, which was launched earlier on Friday, where the redningsholdet had to work extremely quickly.
According to experts, there are about 50 to 60 percent risk of a new eruption in the coming hours, writes Reuters.
the Volcano is a popular tourist destination. Among the 47 people who were on the island were australian, German, chinese, british and malaysian tourists.
Earlier Friday there was held a ceremony at sea with the families of the victims, who gave their blessing to the mission.
on the coast of the city of Whakatane which is located 50 kilometres to the west of the volcanic island, was about 100 relatives and people from the local community gathered for song and prayer, while they saw helicopters flying back and forth from the island, writes Reuters.
/ritzau/Updated Date: 13 December 2019, 06:00