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Whakaari/White Island: Doctor on what he found

One of the doctors who landed on Whakaari/White Island in the aftermath of Monday's eruption says there was a strong smell of sulphur in the air that left his eyes and throat stinging.

St John medical director Tony Smith was one of the doctors onboard an Auckland-based Westpac rescue helicopter, when they were dispatched to Whakatane.

He told RNZ reporter Sarah Robson what happened.