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“Thunderstorms” omitted in forecast, inquest told

A coroner’s inquest is underway into the deaths of six Auckland students and their teacher in the 2008 Mangatepopo canyoning tragedy.

The group from Elim Christian College was on a school trip at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre near Turangi.

MetService forecaster Ross Marsden has been questioned over the timing of forecasts on the day of the accident. He has also been asked whether the centre received the correct information about pending thunderstorms.

The hearing continues this afternoon, with guide Jodie Sullivan expected to give evidence.



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