4 Aug 2009

No charges to be laid over canyoning deaths

6:29 pm on 4 August 2009

The families of six students and a teacher who were killed in a canyoning tragedy last year are requesting privacy following an announcement that no-one will be charged over their deaths.

The group from Elim Christian College in Auckland died in a flash flood in the Mangatepopo Gorge, near Turangi, on 15 April last year.

Police say they have found no evidence of criminal offending during the group's activities with the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

College principal Murray Burton says the school is not commenting, out of respect for the families.

An inquest into the deaths is still to be held. Earlier this year, the centre was ordered to pay $500,000 in reparation and fines for failing to ensure the safety of the group.