High school principal pays tribute to ‘valued’ student who died on school trip to flooded cave new zealand.
A group of 15 students and 2 adults entered the Whangarei cave network as part of an outdoor activity. education class, officials said. Others completed safely.
The deaths raise questions as to why school officials chose to proceed with the trip despite forecasters warning of approaching heavy rain.
The district council’s website warns people to “check the weather forecast as the cave is prone to flash floods.” According to the site, the cave system has dramatic limestone outcrops, sinkholes, and three important caverns.
Police Chief Tony Hill said in a statement, “We recognize that this incident is extremely distressing for the school and the wider community and will leave the public with many questions.” , the police are focused on helping those affected.”
Hill said the body was recovered late Tuesday.
Whangarei Boys’ High School principal Karen Gilbert Smith wrote on Facebook that the event was “very upsetting” for everyone involved.
“As our thoughts and aloha have already expressed, [sympathies] I’m firmly with wānau [family] And the students – all the more so now that the body of one of the students was tragically discovered.
“It is very important for me to let you know how devastated we are for the loss of one of our whanaus, a much loved and cherished son and brother. The impact of this tragedy is being felt widely among our school staff, students and community.”
Further south, Tuesday’s heavy rains and flooding prompted authorities in Auckland to declare a state of emergency. The declaration remained in place as the weather improved on Wednesday morning.
Firefighters and paramedics said they responded to more than 200 calls on Tuesday, most of them in Auckland. Many were for floodwaters encroaching on buildings, but they also dealt with landslides, fallen trees, and trapped cars. Some train and bus services were canceled, and authorities urged people to avoid non-essential travel.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said it was a difficult time for the region.
He said Tuesday he still doesn’t have all the details about what happened to the student.
“I would like to express my deep concern there and my absolute support for the school community,” Hipkins said.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/new-zealand-police-flood-body-student-found-missing-b1079986.html The body of a student who went missing during a school trip to a flooded cave was found by New Zealand police