Senior WA Liberal frontbencher Peter Collier has revealed the students who witnessed the horror fatal fall of an abseiling instructor at a cave near Margaret River are ”struggling” to deal with the tragedy. Marcello Silveira was facilitating an abseiling excursion with a group of Newman College year 11 students when he fell to his death about 40m from the top of the Brides Cave in Boranup on Thursday. Former education minister and school teacher Mr Collier said the daughter of his electoral officer attends the College and some of her friends were at the scene of the “dreadful” tragedy “They (the students) are struggling... it’s dreadful,” he said. “In fact, my electoral officer, her daughter goes to that school and a lot of friends were actually there. “Imagine the elation they were feeling. They were doing something, probably some of them had never done before – in abseiling.” Mr Collier said the manner in which Mr Silveira died was tragic on both fronts. “He has lost his life and of course, his family and friends must be absolutely devastated. But secondly, the impact on those young kids, who witnessed it, will be severe.” He praised the College’s quality pastoral care and support networks. “I know for a fact, they (the school) jumped into operation, the school community was informed almost immediately,” he said. “And the support networks were broad, effective, and appropriate.” Acting Newman College principal Lucie McCrory said it was “with deep sadness” that she wrote to inform parents of the “tragic accident” on Friday. The College is prioritising the wellbeing of those affected and a range of counselling and support services is being made available to students and staff.