20 Aug 2012

Body confirmed as Brazilian student

10:20 pm on 20 August 2012

The body of a Brazilian exchange student who fell into the sea while on a climbing trip in New Plymouth has been found.

Felipe Melo and classmate Stephen Kahukaka-Geyde, both 17, fell from Paritutu Rock on 8 August and their 42-year-old instructor Bruce Jourdain dived in after them.

A body was found near the intake of New Plymouth's power station on Sunday morning and police have confirmed it is that of Felipe Melo.

The search for the other bodies will resume on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Felipe Melo's uncle says he believes the death is a message for everyone to live life fully.

Jose Martins said at a news conference in New Plymouth on Monday that Felipe had loved his time in New Zealand.

"He was very much loved by his family, had many friends and a strong desire to live. We will never forget that the sea in New Plymouth took our boy away."

Mr Martins said he is happy with how the search has been conducted and impressed by all the volunteers who helped.