Woman drowns in rescue attempt

A 53-year-old woman has drowned at a Bay of Plenty beach while trying to rescue her partner.

Police said a 45-year-old Rotorua man got into trouble in a rip while swimming at Pukehina Beach, near Te Puke.

His partner swam to help but got into difficulties herself, police said.

"Emergencies services responded and a rescue operation was initiated with a rescue swimmer, a jet ski and other staff."

The woman was dragged from the surf but was unresponsive.

"Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. The male was able to be rescued," police said.

Fairfax Media