Helicopter crew rescue teen swimmer

22:55, Jan 16 2013
the Eagle helicopter
CALLED INTO ACTION: The Eagle helicopter.

A helicopter crewman was dropped into the water to rescue a teenage swimmer in Auckland's Tamaki Estuary this morning.

Members of the public noticed the17-year-boy was in trouble at 9.50am while swimming near Point England.

Police sent both the Eagle helicopter and a maritime unit to help.

When the helicopter arrived, the crew could see the swimmer was in "serious difficulties and immediate danger" so dropped a crew member into the water with a life jacket.

The teenager was helped to the shore and checked out by St John ambulance staff.

He did not require medical treatment.


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