An Auckland port worker who fell 40 metres into the sea while working on a ship is recovering in hospital.
The "experienced staff member" was securing containers on the vessel about 8pm yesterday when the incident occurred.
Emergency services were called and Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust paramedics joined ambulance staff to help the man after his colleagues had pulled him on to the wharf.
Trust chief Herby Barnes said the man suffered a compound fracture of his left ankle and also fractured his right thigh bone.
He was taken to Auckland City Hospital.
Ports of Auckland spokeswoman Dee Radhakrishnan said it was unclear exactly why he had fallen but an investigation by Maritime New Zealand was under way.
Radhakrishnan said he was a family man and staff members had been to see them to offer their support.
"It's a shock to all of us. Accidents do happen but it's never a pleasant thing. Our wishes and prayers are with his family," she said.
- Fairfax Media