Search for the missing continues

03:32, Aug 13 2012

A scaled back shoreline and marine search for two missing students and their climbing instructor has finished for the day.

Police search and rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Andrew Ross said six teams, roughly a dozen people, searched the coastline from Tapuae to Onaero this morning while inflatable rescue boats searched the sea.

Kayak crews will be on the water again later in the week if needed and searches will resume at 8am tomorrow

Private searches also continued today.

Felipe Martins De Melo, 17, Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye, 17, and Topec instructor Bryce Jourdain, 42, are believed to have drowned after being caught by big seas near Paritutu Rock last Wednesday.

Inspector Frank Grant said there was hope a group of divers would get a chance to inspect the area at the base of Paritutu today, but it would depend on swell and sea conditions.


The bodies of the missing are expected to rise to surface anytime this week, Mr Ross said

Scientific forecasts of the ocean's currents predict the bodies will be moving north and come ashore on the New Plymouth foreshore, he said yesterday.

''If anyone does find anything  please let us know as soon as possible. Don't go near it, we would prefer it not to be touched,'' Mr Ross said.

If anyone did see a body they were asked to contact New Plymouth police on 759 5500 or to ring 111.

Paritutu remains closed while investigations continue and a rahui is still in place from the Herekawe stream at Back Beach to Waiwhakaiho.

Taranaki Daily News