Shoreline and marine searches are continuing today for the three people who were swept into rough seas after a climbing tragedy in the new New Plymouth.

Incident Controller Inspector Frank Grant said a smaller group of searchers were continuing covering an area from Tapawai to Bell Block.

"We have Taranaki Surf Lifesaving inflatable rescue boats (IRBs) out on the water again today and police staff in kayaks are also searching near the Port area.''

Bryce John Jourdain, 42, and 17-year-olds Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye and Brazilian exchange student Joao Felipe Martins De Melo have been missing since a climbing expedition near New Plymouth on Wednesday.


The Spotswood College students fell into the sea and Mr Jourdain, a Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre (Topec) instructor, dived in to try to save them.

An extensive search has failed to find any sign of the missing three, who are now presumed drowned.