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2 bodies still missing after 6 found

After recovering six bodies, an elite National Defense force was still searching Friday for two more victims of a volcano eruption on a New Zealand tourist island that killed 16 people and left 26 with severe burns.

The risky recovery operation, which began at daybreak, required the team of six men and two women to wear special clothing and breathing gear as protection from toxic and deadly gases, according to Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Scientists had warned the recovery teams that a single inhalation could prove fatal from  gases still lingering on White Island. They also cautioned that the volcano, located off New Zealand’s east coast, remained highly volatile and could erupt at any moment.

“The environment the recovery team faced today was highly unpredictable and challenging,” Bush said. “They showed absolute courage and commitment to ensure we can offer some closure to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.”

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