Four days after Whakaari/White Island erupted, eight members of the Defense Force entered onto the island to search for bodies. Toxic gas and acid in the air required the Chief of the Defense Force, Air Marshal Kevin Short, to sign a waiver that allowed the recovery mission to take place. The soldiers and two medics involved wore protective suits and had acid-neutralizing pouches. Electro-optic and infrared video were used to help locate bodies under the ash and debris. The team was able to recover all of the bodies, a total of six, just minutes before they would have had to evacuate the island.