Rescue in Whangamata

22:27, Dec 13 2012

A man has been rescued in a distressed state from the Whangamata Harbour overnight.

District Search and Rescue Coordinator, Constable Dave Pitchford, said emergency services were notified of a man in a distressed state going missing about 10.30pm.

"While emergency services established a base at the Whangamata Police Station teams, of civilian search and rescue volunteers from around the Coromandel were mobilised, as was a Police team from Hamilton," he said.

 "One of these teams located the man in the surf near the entrance to Whangamata Harbour, off Barrowclough Rd, about 3.20am.

The 41-year-old man was freezing and incoherent and taken by ambulance to Thames Hospital for assessment.

Mr Pitchford commended the volunteers involved in the search.

"Each week Land Search and Rescue volunteers across the Waikato answer the call and leave their jobs, and often their beds, to go out and search for lost persons.

"These people are unpaid and often unheralded but despite the lack of recognition they give freely of their experience and expertise and it is only appropriate that following the overnight success that they are recognised for their efforts."