Surfer rescued while being smashed by waves at St Clair Beach, Dunedin
A dramatic video has surfaced showing the rescue of a surfer who got caught in rough waves at St Clair Beach in Dunedin.
The surfer crashed against the rocks was smashed onto the concrete beneath the Esplanade as the waves pushed him into the concrete and pulled him away from the stairs he was struggling to grab.
Fellow surfer Jeff Patton was eventually able to rescue the man.
Patton told 3 News the beach had eroded so much there was only one point surfers could jump in or out of the water.
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"It's really dangerous."
Surf lifesavers have had to move their patrolling area because of the erosion.
Scott James, who filmed the rescue, told 3 News erosion had made the beach a lot more dangerous in a short amount of time.
He posted on Facebook: "Unfortunately this being a tourist didn't know the seriousness of the situation. He's really lucky. [St] Clair is dangerous for the locals [who] know what to do but could be deadly to [a] tourist and kids who have no idea."
The Dunedin City Council is installing temporary measures to try and protect the beach from further erosion.