Unconscious teen pulled from Lake Taupo

LUKE KIRKEBY
Last updated 16:59 11/03/2014

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A teenager has been rushed to hospital after being pulled unconscious from Lake Taupo this afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to Whakamoenga Point on the northern shore of the lake after receiving a call that an 18-year-old was in difficulty.

Sergeant Shane McNally said the young man was pulled from the lake unconscious and in a serious condition. He got into difficulty after going swimming from a boat.

Deputy harbourmaster Heath Cairns said an alert was made by a private vessel, Black Magic, that the teenager had drowned and needed assistance.

"They were around by the Maori Rock carvings, and we deployed our boat with oxygen and other rescue equipment on board so we could get to the site and assist," he said.

A St John ambulance had already arrived by road and the crew were performing CPR after bringing the victim to the boat ramp.

"We attended the scene and offered additional equipment.

"Ambulance personnel then put him into the ambulance while continuing to give CPR and took him to Taupo Hospital," he said.

Cairns believed the teenager, who was with his family at the time, was a tourist.

No further details on the boy's condition were available.

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- Fairfax Media

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