8 Nov 2009

Whitebaiter rescued 1km out to sea

8:25 pm on 8 November 2009

Police say a whitebaiter swept out to sea near Christchurch on Sunday would have drowned if he had not been wearing a life jacket.

The 74-year-old man was dragged into the ocean at the mouth of the Rakaia River at about 5pm.

A rescue helicopter from Christchurch spotted him one kilometre out to sea and winched him to safety about an hour later.

He is suffering from hypothermia.