Reconnaissance flights over New Zealand’s White Island volcano have not identified any survivors there after Monday’s eruption, police say.
Up to 50 people were believed to be on the island. Five people are known to have died and 23 were rescued.
Early on Tuesday, police said they believed that anyone who could have been found alive had been evacuated.
Tourists were seen walking inside the crater of White Island volcano moments before it erupted.
“Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island,” the latest police update said.
White Island, also called Whakaari, is the country’s most active volcano. Despite that, the privately owned island is a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.
Late on Monday, Deputy Police Commissioner John Tims told reporters that “both New Zealand and overseas tourists” were believed to be involved.
Rescuers are not able to reach the island because of the risk of further eruptions. It is currently night time in the area.