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Wednesday, September 19

The father of a high school student whose body has not been found after falling into the sea during a rock climbing accident near New Plymouth last month is blaming an outdoor organisation for his son's death. Spotswood College students Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye and Joao Felipe Martins De Melo, both 17, and instructor Bryce Jourdain, 42, went into sea off Paritutu Rock on August 8 during a class run by Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre (Topec). Mr Jourdain jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue the other two after they fell from the rock. Felipe's body was found near the rock on August 19, but the bodies of Stephen and Mr Jourdain have not been found.

Photo by SNPA Sep 17, 2012

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