19 Apr 2015

Man stranded on rocks rescued

4:35 pm on 19 April 2015

A tramper who spent the night stranded on rocks at Auckland's Piha beach has been winched to safety by a helicopter.

He has been taken to the Surf Rescue base at Piha.

The rescue involved multiple emergency services.

The rescue involved multiple emergency services. Photo: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

Piha Surf Rescue staff had tried to reach the 23-year-old man last night after he was reported trapped by the high tide, but were thwarted by rough water.

The high-powered lighting of a police helicopter was instead used to guide the 23-year-old to a higher and safer position on the rocks.

Police remained in cellphone contact with the man through the night.

He had warm clothes and a sleeping bag.