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Charges laid over Paritutu Rock accident

Thursday 07 Feb 2013 12:35p.m.

Charges over Paritutu Rock deaths

Charges have been laid over a rock climbing accident on Paritutu Rock, off the Taranaki coast, which left an instructor and two teenagers dead.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's health and safety group has laid four charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act against the Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre (TOPEC) in New Plymouth District Court today.

It's alleged TOPEC failed in its safety obligations to its employees and students.

Spotswood College students Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye and Joao Felipe Martins De Melo, both 17, fell into the sea off Paritutu Rock on August 8 during a TOPEC class.

Instructor Bryce Jourdain, 42, jumped into the sea in an attempt to rescue them, but all three died.


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