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Ian Randall dies in New Zealand accident
 
Reports - dated 01 Oct.2011


Ian Randall, known locally as 'Rastus', who moved from Northchapel to New Zealand four years ago has been killed in an accident at Maruia Falls. The body of the 39-year-old has now been found after he slipped and fell 30 feet into the Maruia river disappearing from view.
 
He was with a group of 34 people travelling from Christchurch to Nelson to watch a rugby match. They stopped at Maruia Falls, south of Murchison, about 5pm yesterday [30 September].
 
Police report three people from the party jumped over a security barrier and Randall and one other then slipped down a bank. The other person managed to get to safety, however Randall's colleagues were only able to hold onto his arms for a short period of time, before they lost their grip and he fell into the water and disappeared.
 
Ian had lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for four years, originally coming from Northchapel, West Sussex. He has family both in New Zealand and England.
 
Police resumed the search today after unsuccessfully looking before nightfall on Friday. The search team included five members of the Police Dive Squad, three Land Search and Rescue teams, kayakers, a jet boat and a helicopter.


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