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World Inside the daring mission to retrieve the dead: How a team of experts will today risk their lives to pull eight bodies from White Island amid a 60% chance the volcano will blow AGAIN

21:05  12 december  2019
21:05  12 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A daring mission to retrieve eight bodies from White Island will begin at first light on Friday - despite a 60 percent chance the deadly volcano will erupt again. 

New Zealand Defence Force personnel will risk their lives to recover the bodies of six Australians and two of their countrymen, four days after Monday's tragic blast. 

The bodies on the island are believed to belong to local tour guides Hayden Marshall-Inman and Tipene Maangi and Australian tourists Krystal Browitt, Richard Elzer, Karla Matthews, Julie Richards, Jessica Richards and Zoe Hosking.

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But others, including married couple Martin and Barbara Hollander, as well as Anthony Langford, his wife Kristine and their daughter Winona, remain unaccounted for.

The dangerous mission comes as New Zealand's geological monitoring agency, GNS Science, upgraded the chance of an eruption in the next 24 hours to between 50 and 60 percent. 

A daring mission to retrieve eight bodies from White Island will begin at first light on Friday - despite a 60 per cent chance the deadly volcano will erupt again © Provided by Daily Mail A daring mission to retrieve eight bodies from White Island will begin at first light on Friday - despite a 60 per cent chance the deadly volcano will erupt again a man riding a snowboard down a snow covered slope: The expedition comes after New Zealand's geological monitoring agency, GNS Science, upgraded the chance of an eruption in the next 24 hours to between 50 and 60 per cent. Pictured: Rescuers land on the White Island after volcanic eruption on Monday December 9 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail The expedition comes after New Zealand's geological monitoring agency, GNS Science, upgraded the chance of an eruption in the next 24 hours to between 50 and 60 per cent. Pictured: Rescuers land on the White Island after volcanic eruption on Monday December 9 2019

GNS Science volcanologist Graham Leonard released risk assessment maps showing another eruption was increasingly likely amid Friday's retrieval.  

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'Whakaari/White Island is an active volcano, and the estimated chance of an eruption is increasing every day,' Dr Leonard said.

'Today is less safe than yesterday, and the day before that.'

'The red zone shows an area that would be considered a no-go for GNS Science staff, and the yellow zone would only be accessible in exceptional circumstances.'

Mr Leonard said the information had been handed to New Zealand police to ensure the safety of their team.

New Zealand police deputy commissioner Mike Clement said 'we have a plan' when confirming the operation would go ahead.  

a woman in a black dress: Krystal Eve Browitt (pictured) is believed to be one of the eight bodies on White Island © Provided by Daily Mail Krystal Eve Browitt (pictured) is believed to be one of the eight bodies on White Island

NEW ZEALAND POLICE STATEMENT ON RESCUE MISSION 

Thursday December 12

Tomorrow morning we have a plan, the resources and the capability to the recover the bodies on Whakaari / White Island.

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The plan is contingent on a number of risk factors which will be assessed at the time. These factors include the conditions on the island and the weather.

Tomorrow morning New Zealand Defence Force assets and people with specialist capabilities from Defence, Police and other agencies will undertake the operation. 

Returning the bodies on the island to their loved ones remains our focus. 

We have the right people with the right skills and the right equipment. We will make every effort to recover all of the bodies however our plan is subject to things beyond our control such as the island and the weather. A lot has to go right for us tomorrow to make this work. 

There is no zero risk option in regard to the plan but we have carefully considered it. We don't expect the risk to change tonight or tomorrow but we have planned for it. 

We will provide updates on tomorrow's recovery operation as they come to hand. 

Commissioner Mike Bush has returned from overseas and will be in Whakatane tomorrow.

a close up of a snow covered mountain: In this image released by GeoNet, tourists can be seen on a trail near the volcano's crater on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail In this image released by GeoNet, tourists can be seen on a trail near the volcano's crater on Monday

'The team has been working tirelessly throughout the day as I promised they would,' Mr Clement said.

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'Shortly after first light tomorrow, NZDF assets, people and capabilities will deploy to the island.

'Assisted by specialist capabilities from other agencies including New Zealand Police, they will go onto the island and they will make every effort to recover all of the bodies from the island and return them.'

But the commissioner was quick to reiterate the fragility of the expedition.  

'Let there be no mistake, it is not a zero-risk game and people are putting themselves on the front line to do the right thing,' he said.

'Of course I'm worried, I'd be inhuman if I wasn't worried.' 

Eight people are likely to travel to the island via helicopter stationed on a nearby navy vessel, the HMNZS Wellington.

a close up of a map: GNS Science volcanologist Graham Leonard released risk assessment maps showing another eruption was increasingly likely amid the retrieval. GNS staff access zones are pictured on December 2 © Provided by Daily Mail GNS Science volcanologist Graham Leonard released risk assessment maps showing another eruption was increasingly likely amid the retrieval. GNS staff access zones are pictured on December 2 a close up of a map: 'Whakaari/White Island is an active volcano, and the estimated chance of an eruption is increasing every day,' Dr Leonard said. GNS staff access zones are pictured on December 12 © Provided by Daily Mail 'Whakaari/White Island is an active volcano, and the estimated chance of an eruption is increasing every day,' Dr Leonard said. GNS staff access zones are pictured on December 12

Police believe the bodies lay around 300 metres from the crater, within 200 square metres, in small clusters.

It would take around 15 minutes to walk from the shore to the region where the retrieval would take place.

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If all goes well, the bodies will then be transported to the mainland.

Mr Clement confirmed their surveillance had only spotted six bodies, despite believing their are eight people missing.  

'We know exactly where (the six) are. So our first priority will be to get those six people,' he said.

'We can't find anything more than six. That's not to say they aren't there.

'We will have very limited opportunity to look about for one or two others.' 

clouds in the sky: White Island erupted at 2.11pm local time on Monday (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail White Island erupted at 2.11pm local time on Monday (pictured)

Nico Fournier, a GNS volcanologist charged with providing information to the emergency committee, said the level of risk was one part of the conversation, and the acceptability of that risk was another.

'You wouldn't jump in a car which is engulfed in flames if nothing was in there. If it's your child, you will,' he said.

'That acceptability of risk is an important conversation.'

GNS also said current monitoring showed the appearance of shallow magma beneath the vent.   

National Emergency Management Agency director Sarah Stuart-Black said the decision had the support of the committee.

'This is a police decision ... this will be their decision and I'll support them,' she said.  

The return of the bodies is a white-hot issue in Whakatane, particularly for the families of local tour guides Marshall Inman and Tipene Maangi, whose bodies lie near the crater.

a man and a woman taking a selfie: Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane, were on the cruise. The pair were both confirmed dead on Wednesday and are believed to be on the island © Provided by Daily Mail Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane, were on the cruise. The pair were both confirmed dead on Wednesday and are believed to be on the island a person standing in front of a building: Karla Mathews and Richard Elzer were confirmed dead by their friends on Wednesday. They are believed to be among the eight bodies on White Island © Provided by Daily Mail Karla Mathews and Richard Elzer were confirmed dead by their friends on Wednesday. They are believed to be among the eight bodies on White Island

Whakatane Mayor Judy Turner said there was a 'growing desperation' among families to see bodies returned.

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The death toll of Australians killed in the tragedy rose to nine on Thursday morning after Sydney brothers Berend Hollander, 16, and Matthew, 13, were both confirmed dead.

The teenage boys, who both attended the prestigious Knox Grammar school, were travelling with their parents Martin and Barbara - who are both still missing.

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, died from his injuries on Wednesday after being taken to hospital in critical condition. 

He had been travelling with couple Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, who were identified as those still on the island and are now dead, friends said. 

Zoe Hosking, 15, and stepfather Gavin Dallow, 53, from Adelaide, were also killed in the disaster, the family's spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Mr Dallow's body was identified by police from the five bodies recovered from the island, but Zoe's remains are still there and she is presumed dead.

The two were on a tour of White Island on Monday with the girl's mother Lisa Hosking, 48, when the eruption occurred.

Ms Hosking, a petroleum engineer, is believed to have suffered burns to 60 percent of her body and is now fighting for her life in hospital.

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Her brother David flew in to New Zealand after the disaster and scoured hospitals for the family, eventually finding her.

'We mourn the loss of Gavin and Zoe. Gavin was a wonderful son and brother,' a family spokesperson said in a statement.

'We'll miss him at the cricket and we'll miss him at the football. He was a generous man, always helping his family and his community.

'Our hearts break at the loss of Zoe at such a young age.

'We know her loss will also devastate her school community and the local Girl Guides, of which she was an active member.

'The Dallow family is extremely thankful for the support from relatives, Rotary, the local church community and the broader community.

'We would also like to acknowledge the assistance received from DFAT , emergency services and the very understanding New Zealand Police.'

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, from Brisbane, were the first two Australians confirmed dead, earlier on Wednesday. 

Krystal Browitt, 21, was on a tour of White Island with her father Paul and sister Stephanie when it erupted on Monday. 

She remains unaccounted for and her body is believed to be on the island. 

Ms Browitt's mother Marie bypassed the tour and stayed aboard Ovation of the Seas.

Meanwhile, Stephanie and her dad have been fighting for their lives and were in induced comas in Auckland and Christchurch hospitals.

On Thursday, Mr Browitt was among those victims who were flown back to Australia for further treatment. 

Sydney parents Martin and Barbara Hollander as well as Sydney family Anthony Langford, 51, his wife Kristine and daughter Winona, 17, are also listed as missing.

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New Zealanders observed a minute's silence on Monday at the moment that a volcano erupted a week earlier, killing 18 people and leaving others with severe burns. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that wherever people were in New Zealand or around the world, this was an opportunity to stand alongside those who had lost loved ones in the tragedy."Together we can express our sorrow for those who have died and been hurt, and our support for their grieving families and friends," she said in a statement.

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