A child has been airlifted to hospital after being injured near Ōhope Beach.

The incident is understood to have happened today at West End Rd.

A witness told NZME five children were playing on rocks when one slipped and suffered spinal injuries.

A rescue helicopter landed on the beach and paramedics attended to the injured child before the victim was airlifted to hospital.

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Police said it was unclear how the person had been injured and referred the Herald to St John ambulance which has not responded.

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