Two men drown off Piha beach

Last updated 12:19 24/02/2013

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Two men have drowned in the surf at Piha beach and one was in serious condition after being rescued from the water last night.

The three men went swimming in a dangerous area of the west coast beach around 7pm yesterday.

The three got into difficulty and one was pulled from the water in a serious condition and taken to Waitakere hospital. He is currently receiving medical attention, the police said.

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

A shoreline search by surf rescue this morning located the bodies of two males on the north side of Lion Rock around 6.30.

The rescued man was in a serious condition after taking on a lot of water, said St John Ambulance spokesperson, Norm Ngatai.

He conditioned was downgraded to moderate and he was transported by ambulance to Waitakere hospital.

Police are still locating the drowned men's families.

They are investigating the deaths and are urging people to only swim between surf patrol flags.

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