NZDF Colonel Rian McKinstry says an eight-person team, six men and two women, went on to the island with another eight-person team on standby to assist in case of any need. The team spent four hours on the island and were communicating via radio.
The recovery team was comprised of members of the explosive ordinance disposal squad, Colonel McKinstry said.
A squad of six men and two women had been sent on to the island.
A second team had been on standby.
"As far as their demeanour is concerned because of the bomb disposal nature of the trade - you can take it they are very level-headed individuals."
I wonder if those types of people allow balloons at their kids birthday parties?