A woman has drowned at a Bay of Plenty beach while trying to
rescue her partner, police say.
Emergency services were called to Pukehina Beach, near Te
Puke, this afternoon following reports that two people were
in trouble in the surf.
A 45-year-old Rotorua man who was fishing off the beach had
entered the surf and had got into difficulties.
Early reports were that the partner of the fisherman went
into help but got into difficulties herself, Tauranga Police
said in a statement.
Emergency services responded and rescued the man.
His partner, 53, was pulled from the surf but was
unresponsive, and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The matter had been referred to the coroner and would be the
subject of an inquest.