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Search for three missing off New Plymouth will continue 10/8

Published: Thu 9 Aug 2012 05:11 PM
Search for three missing off New Plymouth will continue tomorrow morning
The search for three people missing off New Plymouth will resume again at first light tomorrow morning.
Incident Controller Inspector Frank Grant says extensive shoreline, aerial and marine searches have been underway since around 7am this morning.
“The Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois is currently doing a shoreline sweep, following high tide earlier this afternoon."
Today’s search has included five Taranaki Surf Lifesaving inflatable rescue boats (IRBs) and rescue vessels from South Taranaki Coastguard and TSB Cape Rescue.
The Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter and Shell Todd have completed aerial searches and Land SAR volunteers and Police personnel have completed shoreline searches.
“The Police National Dive Squad has been in New Plymouth today and have made an assessment of the sea conditions, however they are unable to enter the water at this stage, given the rough conditions.”
Inspector Grant says given it is now more than 24 hours since Bryce Jordain, Stephen Kahukaka-Gedyes and Felipe Melo entered the water, it is unlikely they will now be found alive. Our thoughts are with the families of the missing as they come to terms with what has occurred. Support is also being provided to staff and students of Spotswood College and TOPEC.
“Police are also making enquiries into the circumstances which led to yesterday’s tragic incident. The Police investigation is being conducted alongside a Department of Labour investigation.”
A further day of searching on land, sea and by air will resume at first light tomorropw morning.
ENDS
Media please note:
Spotswood College Principal Mark Bowden has requested that Spotswood College pupils who need to be at school tomorrow, return.
There has been unfounded speculation that a body was located earlier today. This was incorrect and caused distress to families involved. When there any significant developments, we will update families and media as soon as possible.

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