Sumner surfer rescued on Saturday
A surfer was plucked from the water at Sumner marking the start of another busy period for the region's surf lifesavers.
A police spokesman said the man was hanging on to his board and ''seen to be waving'' just north of the Sumner heads about 6.30pm on Saturday night.
A surf rescue lifeboat went out to get him and took him to shore. He did not need medical assistance.
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP
Raise your hand to alert Surf Lifeguards
Swim to the side, don't swim against it
HOW TO IDENTIFY A RIP
Calm patches in the surf with waves breaking each side
Rippled or criss-crossed water
Adjacent sand bars
Source: Surf Lifesaving New Zealand