Police say that the two bodies missing after New Zealand’s, White Island Volcano eruption last week. Most likely the bodies washed out to sea and may never be found, police said on Wednesday.
White Island, also known as Whakaari erupted on December 9 while 47 people were visiting the volcano. At least 16 people killed and 2 still unaccounted for.
They are Australian tourist Winona Langford, 17, and New Zealander Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, was a tour guide.
The two bodies missing may never be found
Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement told a news conference on Wednesday that a dive squad will continue to search for the two missing bodies.
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He said that,
The reality is we have to wait for Mother Nature to produce those bodies, and it may and it may not. And the reality is, we’ll be here if it does.
We are literally in the hands of the sea.
Clement said police believe that the bodies were near a stream. And based on the tidal patterns to bodies may have been washed out to the sea. Likely towards the East Cape.
There’s no guarantee that the bodies will make it to land. They may drift out to the Southern Ocean, Clement added.