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One person has died and another person is in a critical condition after being swept out to sea in Northland.
Initial reports were that a person got into difficulty swimming at the north end of Cable Bay and required assistance to be removed from the water about 4pm today.
Two others were in a moderate condition.
The Northland Rescue Helicopter had been called to take the critically inured person to hospital.
St John said four vehicles attended the incident and six patients were treated.