Four people have been rescued from the surf at Waimarama, after getting into trouble in a rip at the Hawke's Bay beach.
The group were swept out to sea this afternoon were rescued by members of the public, who rushed into the surf to reach the swimmers, Inspector Bruce McKay, of central district police said.
''A variety of different people got them out, I think there were some jet-skis and people on boards and they managed to get them back to shore.''
A rescue helicopter was scrambled but was called back as the swimmers had been rescued by the time emergency services arrived at the incident which occurred shortly after 3pm today, Mr McKay said.
A central district St John Ambulance spokesperson said one person was still being treated at the scene.
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