Teen pulled from a rip at Karekare beach has died

Author
Belinda Feek, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 May 2020, 2:30PM
Emergency services were called to Karekare Beach, on the Waitakere coast, about midday today. (Photo / File)
Emergency services were called to Karekare Beach, on the Waitakere coast, about midday today. (Photo / File)

Teen pulled from a rip at Karekare beach has died

Author
Belinda Feek, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 May 2020, 2:30PM

A teenager has died after getting into trouble at a West Auckland beach.

A police spokesperson said a group of four people were reported to be in trouble after being stuck in a rip shortly after midday.

Three people managed to make it back to shore. The fourth was rescued by lifeguards.

A St John spokesperson confirmed two ambulances, a first response unit, rapid response unit and a rescue helicopter were called to an incident in the water at Karekare Beach, south of Piha, about 12.12pm today.

The teen was flown to Auckland's Starship hospital in a critical condition but died.

The remaining three were assessed by St John staff. One person was in a serious condition while the other two were in moderate condition.

Fire and Emergency northern shift manager Craig Dally said firefighters had helped with first aid.