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Five people have been hospitalised after they had to be rescued from a large concrete water tank last night.

Police received reports that three people were "affected by carbon monoxide fumes" in Kumeu at 8.30pm.

"It appears one person was cleaning the tank and the others may have gone to their assistance," a police spokesperson said.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand told the New Zealand Herald they rescued three people from inside a 5000-gallon household concrete water tank.

A St John spokesperson said five ambulances were at the scene and treated five patients including two who were critical and three who were in a moderate condition.

The patients were taken by ambulance to Auckland and North Shore hospitals.



And this is why we have stringent workplace regulations around working in confined spaces. They are potentially very very dangerous.

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