Dive squad search continues

The dive operation with the Police National Dive Squad and Navy dive team continued today. Photos: NZ Police

Divers in the water around Whakaari / White Island today continued to face unique and challenging conditions.

A team of nine from the Police National Dive Squad resumed their search at 7am today for a body seen in the water following Monday’s volcanic eruption.

“The water around the island is contaminated, requiring the divers to take extra precautions to ensure their safety, including using specialist protective equipment,” says National Operations CommanderDeputy Commissioner John Tims.

“Divers have reported seeing a number of dead fish and eels washed ashore and floating in the water.”

Each time they surface, the divers are decontaminated using fresh water.

“Conditions in the water today are not optimal, with between zero and two metres visibility depending on location.”

The dive operation was boosted this afternoon with personnel from the Navy dive team.

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