Shoreline searches of Whakaari / White Island have been hampered by poor weather this morning.
The Police Eagle helicopter left the mainland about 5.45am to undertake a further aerial search of the island, however it was forced to turn back due to the weather.
Conditions are being assessed to determine the viability of a second attempt by Eagle or a shoreline search by boat later this morning.
The Police National Dive Squad is not in the water today.
Police will continue to release updates as and when available.
Issued by Police Media Centre