One rescued after rogue wave attack

A woman had to be rescued from Bethells Beach in West Auckland last night after she was caught out by a rogue wave as she attempted to cross an estuary.

An Auckland Westpac Recue Helicopter spokeswoman said the woman, who is in her early 20s, was rescued about 5pm last night. 

She was crossing the estuary following her boyfriend and got caught out by deep water and a wave that washed through. 

"She was face down when the surf life guards found her."

The spokeswoman said the woman vomited a few times but by the time the helicopter team arrived she was conscious and talking.

She was taken to hospital to be checked.

This comes after two men drowned in the surf at Piha, another west coast beach, on Saturday.

The three men went swimming about 7pm and quickly got into difficulty. One was pulled from the water in a serious condition and taken to Waitakere Hospital. 

An intensive search took place involving police, surf lifesavers and Westpac Rescue Helicopter but the other two men could not be found.

A shoreline search by surf rescue on Sunday morning located the bodies of two men on the north side of Lion Rock.

Auckland Now