A woman has been rescued after spending at least nine hours in the middle of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.
Police said the 23-year-old Birkdale woman was reported missing last evening, however overnight searches by the Air Support Unit could not find her.
The search resumed this morning about 7.45am and, on their second overhead sweep, she was spotted in the water by crew about 1km from Takapuna Beach, barely keeping her head above water.
The Police launch Deodar picked her up and she was taken to the Marine Rescue Centre from where she was taken to Auckland Hospital.
One of the Eagle crew members said there were no buoys or marker-posts within the immediate area that the young woman could have held on to.
"She was just in the middle of nothingness."