A teenager has been taken to hospital after nearly drowning at Waipatiki Beach this afternoon.

The 15-year-old female was transported to Hawke's Bay Hospital by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter at about 1pm in a serious condition.

A helicopter spokesperson said the teenager was pulled from the water by bystanders and was unconscious when the crew arrived.

A hospital spokesperson said the girl is in a stable condition.

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