Local man drowns at west Auckland beach

7:57 pm on 11 March 2017

A 69-year-old local man drowned at Karekare Beach in Auckland this afternoon.

Karekare Beach

Karekare Beach Photo: 123rf.com

Emergency services were called to the area shortly before 2pm.

Police said it appeared the man got into difficulty while making his way to a fishing spot on an island at the south end of Karekare beach.

They said he was rescued from the water by a surfer and then taken to the beach by a Surf Livesaving patrol .

CPR was attempted but was not successful.