The death toll from a volcanic eruption on White Island, also known as Whakaari, rose to 17 as one victim died in the hospital.
“Police can confirm a further person has died in Middlemore Hospital last night following the Whakaari / White Island eruption,” Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a written statement.
Coastguard and police conducted a comprehensive “aerial search” over the weekend for two remaining victims between the island and mainland, police said Monday in another statement.
“No further items of significance were located,” it concluded.
New Zealand’s White Island (Whakaari) volcano erupted on Dec. 9.