A man is in a serious condition in hospital after the vehicle he was in crashed into a lake in Hawke's Bay this evening.
The 35-year-old was taken to Gisborne Hospital following the accident on Kaiwaitau Rd, in Mahia.
A central ambulance communications spokeswoman said just before 6pm they paramedics were accessing the patient at the scene.
They were called to the site after reports that a vehicle had crashed into a lake, she said.
The circumstances are not yet known, but a member of the public was assisting at the scene also.
The Fire Service was also on way to the scene, a spokesman confirmed.
He said they were told the car had started to sink into mudflats in the area.