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A man who fell several metres into the rough sea while fishing from rocks in Wairarapa today was rescued by a local fishing boat.
The man in his late 50s had been fishing at Castle Point when he fell 2-3 metres into the sea from rocks, the Life Flight air rescue charity said.
He suffered serious multiple injuries.
The man was in the water for 20-30 minutes until he was rescued by a local fishing boat.
Locals described the water around the rocks as being like "a washing machine".
The man was taken to shore where he was treated by a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic on board the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
He was airlifted to Wellington Hospital with serious injuries.