Missing climber's YouTube duet
A poignant video has emerged of missing Spotswood College exchange student Felipe Melo singing popular folk song Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.
The video, posted on YouTube in late June, features the 17-year-old Brazilian boy wearing a Spotswood College jacket playing guitar and signing Home with an Icelandic girl named Ragnheiour.
Felipe was one of three people swept away by heavy seas while rock climbing at New Plymouth's Paritutu Rock on Wednesday.
Felipe, Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye, 17, and Topec instructor Bryce John Jourdain, 42, are presumed drowned.
The YouTube Home duet includes the lyrics: ''Let me come home, home is wherever I'm with you'' and ''Take me home, mama I'm coming home''.
The YouTube video has more than 5000 views.
A number of comments have been posted on the video since Filepe went missing.
''So sad to think he's out there somewhere, god let him come home,'' said one user.
''I can't watch this without crying. Come home Felipe, Stephen and Bryce,'' said another.
Meanwhile a large land based search effort continued this morning to find the bodies of three climbers.
Inspector Frank Grant said 50 staff were searching the shore from Port Taranaki to Ahu Ahu Rd today - an area of at least 20 kilometres.
The search party includes Land Search and Rescue, army personnel, Red Cross staff, and police, he said.
An Air Force iroquois helicopter did a final fly over this morning before heading back to the RNZAF Ohakea Base, he said.
Another helicopter was on stand by if needed, Mr Grant said.
An alpine climbing team were searching the rocks around the base of Paritutu and kayakers were searching Port Taranaki's main breakwater to see if the bodies had become wedged in the akmons, he said.
Mr Grant said aerial searches indicated it was unlikely the bodies were floating out at sea.
''We still suspect it's close to shore,'' Mr Grant said.
But water visibility around Paritutu was limited, he said.
''The difficulty that we've really had is that there's so much white water around the rock itself,'' Mr Grant said.
Several items of clothing had been found by search and rescue over the past few days but it is not yet known if they belong to the missing, he said.
''We haven't had the opportunities to show it to the families.''
Taranaki Daily News