Emergency services were called to assist a kayaker who had fallen out of their kayak in the Manukau Harbour, on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 May.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter W2, Waiuku Coastguard, and Police Eagle were called to help the person who was having difficulty getting back onto the kayak.
Upon arrival, Police Eagle helicopter had located the man, in his 40s. He had spent approximately an hour in the water, when a lady walking her dog on the shore heard shouting and called emergency services.
A local boat arrived on the scene and uplifted the man and took him to the beach. Waiuku Coastguard were then stood down.
Westpac crew landed at Clarks Beach, loaded him into the helicopter and flew him to Middlemore Hospital. He was in a minor condition and was cold, however had it not been for his life jacket and the bystander, his situation could have been very different.