A man has been rescued by helicopter after his float plane crashed in the Marlborough Sounds this evening.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter airlifted the 55-year-old Picton man to Nelson Hospital around 6pm.

He crashed on landing near Ketu Bay.

A local water taxi crew at the scene helped get the man to the waiting helicopter.

The man was assessed and treated by an on-board paramedic before being airlifted to Nelson Hospital in a serious condition.

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The float plane can be seen in the water near Ketu Bay. Photo/ Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter
The float plane can be seen in the water near Ketu Bay. Photo/ Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter