UPDATE:

BayTrust Helicopter pilot Todd Dunham said the helicopter has returned after the two people , who had fallen down a bank, were picked up by a nearby boat.

He said a paramedic was not required.

EARLIER:

Two people have fallen down a bank on the Tarawera Trail near Hot Water Beach.

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BayTrust Helicopter pilot Todd Dunham said the helicopter was initially called to the scene but their winch was being repaired so the Tauranga rescue helicopter was on its way.

The condition of the two people is not yet known.

More to come.