St Clair beach search for missing male

Lifesavers using inflatable rescue boats searched an area near the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool....
Lifesavers using inflatable rescue boats searched an area near the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
A search will be suspended until Friday morning for a person missing after he got into trouble at beach in the Dunedin suburb of St Clair.

Ambulance and police were called to the south end of St Clair Beach about 4.30pm on Thursday after reports of a male in trouble in the water, police said.

A police spokeswoman said surf lifesavers were helping with the search.

A helicopter scoured the area including nearby Second Beach earlier, but had since been stood down.

The search would continue until dark and be reassessed on Friday morning, she said.

Photo: Christine O'Connor
Photo: Christine O'Connor
Two ambulances, a fire appliance and three police cars were called to the scene earlier in the day.

The section of road leading to the Second Beach access walkway was closed and LandSAR personnel were there for a time.

The search included the Second Beach area. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
The search included the Second Beach area. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
The Esplanade at St Clair was busy at the time of the incident and surfers were in the water.

Water conditions at St Clair Beach were calm on Thursday, with a light breeze. 

Emergency services were called to the scene about 4.30pm. Photo: Daisy Hudson
Emergency services were called to the scene about 4.30pm. Photo: Daisy Hudson