Police In New Zealand had found the body of a high school student in the cave at the same spot where he got stuck in the cave.
He had been missing in a cave system amid widespread flooding in New Zealand’s Auckland region.
He was among 15 students and two teachers who had gone to Abbey Caves, a series of three underground caves.
The rest of the group was initially trapped but made it out safely.
The death has raised questions about why school officials chose to go ahead with the trip even after forecasters had warned that heavy rain was approaching.
Auckland, which is New Zealand’s largest city, has declared a state of emergency after heavy rainfall stranded cars, toppled trees and disrupted rail services.
On Tuesday, images on local media showed people rushing out of office buildings to go home early, causing traffic jams in some parts of the city.