13 Aug 2012

Air search for missing trio called off

2:07 pm on 13 August 2012

Bad weather has stopped an air search for two students and a climbing instructor presumed drowned near New Plymouth.

Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye and Felipe Melo - both aged 17 - were part of a Spotswood College group climbing Paritutu Rock on Wednesday when they were swept away.

Instructor Bryce Jourdain, 42, dived in to try to save them.

Search & Rescue says the weather is horrible with heavy rain, fog and low cloud preventing an air search.

Sea and land searches are still taking place.