One dead, two injured at Auckland and Coromandel beaches

One person is dead and two are injured after drowning at  Hot Water Beach near Whitianga in the Coromandel.
Chris Hillock

One person is dead and two are injured after drowning at Hot Water Beach near Whitianga in the Coromandel.

One person is dead and another is in a serious condition getting into difficulty at a popular beach spot in Coromandel. 

A third person suffered minor injuries. 

In a statement, police said emergency services were called to Hot Water Beach at about 5.30 pm.

A middle-aged man was given CPR on the beach but could not be saved. He died at the scene. 

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Two other people were taken by ambulance to hospital.

The death comes after a busy weekend for emergency services across Auckland and Coromandel beaches.

Four people were treated by paramedics in a series of near drowning incidents.

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St John Ambulance duty manager Olive Taylor said a rescue helicopter was called to treat two people at Opoutere Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula at 3.30pm on Sunday.

The two patients were both reported to have serious injuries.

Another rescue helicopter was called to Te Arai Point near Wellsford where a teen had nearly drowned, Taylor said.

Earlier a man in his 30s was transported to hospital from Piha, where he suffered moderate injuries in a near drowning at the popular beach.

It came on a day where the body of 17-year-old lifeguard Hamish Rieger was found off the coast of Mount Maunganui after he was swept to sea by a large wave on Saturday night.

It was a busy day for lifeguards as beachgoers made the most of the hot weather that by 4pm was still above 27 degrees Celsius in both Auckland and the Coromandel region, according to MetService.

A Surf Life Saving Northern Region spokesman said it was an "exceptionally busy weekend" for lifeguards.

On Saturday alone lifeguards rescued 59 people across the north region and eight of those people were treated by St John.

There were not yet stats available for the number of rescues on Sunday.

 - Stuff

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