Two men have drowned in the surf at Piha Beach and a third
man rescued from the water is in a serious condition.
The three men went for a swim about 7pm yesterday and an
"intensive search" last night failed to find the two men who
did not make it to shore.
"The three got into difficulty and one was pulled from the
water in a serious condition. He is currently receiving
medical attention," police said in a statement.
Piha Surf Life Saving Club captain Tony Featherstone said the
men were believed to have been swimming in a notoriously
dangerous part of the beach after patrols had closed for the
He said surf lifesavers joined the search until after sunset
The bodies of the two men who drowned, believed to be in
their 20s, were found by lifesavers on northern side of Lion
Rock at the beach during a shoreline search at about 6.40
"Where we have been informed that they entered the water it's
a notoriously dangerous spot [with] rips and strong
currents," Mr Featherstone said.
"When we're patrolling it's a place that we actively monitor.
"People aren't normally swimming in that area [because it is
St John northern communications team manager Norm Ngatai said
the rescued man, aged in his 30s, had swallowed a lot of
water before he was brought to shore.
Police said next of kin are "still being located and