December 12, 2019 / 3:14 AM / a month ago

New Zealand police preparing to retrieve bodies from White Island on Friday

A woman holds a flower at a memorial at the harbour in Whakatane, following the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand, December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva. Picture taken December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Police in New Zealand said they are making plans to retrieve the bodies on Friday of eight people killed in a volcanic eruption.

“I can now confirm that we are finalizing a plan to recover the bodies from Whakaari / White Island tomorrow morning,” Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement on Thursday, adding families will be briefed on the operation.

Reporting by John Mair; Editing by Kim Coghill

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