Hills and Harbour
A rescue helicopter has been dispatched to a Christchurch beach after a surfer suffered possible neck injuries in the water.
Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club patrol captain Fraser Bickley said the injury happened just before 1pm today, not long after an annual surfing competition wrapped up.
The surfer suffered possible back and neck injuries during an accident in the water.
"The variable surf conditions ... that's what I presume has happened here, they've gone over the sandbar and it's been [too] shallow."
St John paramedics and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were at the scene.
Bickley said today's surfing event had gone well, with only a few minor injuries reported among the 150-odd competitors.
Up to 500 people were spectators at today's event.
Life savers would be at the beach today until 5pm and back tomorrow from 11am to 5pm.
Bickley advised those taking to the water this weekend to swim between the flags and be aware of the surf conditions.
"It's been a relatively busy day," he said.
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