New Zealand, Dec 9 (Canadian-Media): There was no signs of life in New Zealand island after the eruption of a volcanic Monday based on the helicopter survey, media reports said.
Volcano Eruption. Image credit: Unsplash
"Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island," police said in a statement.
Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims had previously said out of fewer than 50 people on
the island when it erupted, five were reported dead and the number of missing was in the double digits with no contact with them.
He said both New Zealanders and overseas tourists were among those who were dead, missing or injured. Most of the 18 survivors were injured and some had suffered severe burns, he said.
"When we exited the aircraft, pretty much immediately we could see the plume, almost beginning to envelop the entire island...it was just very rapid in terms of the way it expanded." Tristan Webb, director with a skydiving company in New Zealand, who saw the eruption from above reportedly told the CBC News Network.
A cruise ship that carried some of the tourists who had ventured to the volcano had left from Sydney last week and was scheduled to sail to the capital Wellington on Monday night would instead remain overnight in the Tauranga port until more about the situation is made available.