An Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust crew yesterday winched a fisherman to safety from 40m up a cliff as he clung precariously to the rocks below.
The chopper crew were called to notorious fishing spot Papanui Point, south of Raglan, by police yesterday afternoon after reports a man in his 30s had been swept off the rocks while fishing.
Around 20 people have lost their lives fishing off rocks at Papanui Point, most recently Ariel Tagao of Hamilton who died in May this year.
An ARHT spokesman said their crew was called to the west coast beach at 4.05pm.
The fisherman had been swept off rocks but had managed to get out of the water and was then stuck 7 to 8 metres above the water line.
"On an incoming tide, crew performed a challenging cliff winch extraction of 140 feet to rescue the patient.
"The patient was in a minor condition and left in the care of police."
A police spokesman said they were alerted to a fisherman falling off rocks into water at Papanui Point at 3.45pm.
"He was able to swim to a nearby rock and a member of the public called emergency services for assistance."
Police responded, along with the rescue helicopter and Raglan Coastguard.
"The man was winched to safety at around 5.30pm. I understand he had some cuts and bruises and was treated for hypothermia at the scene."
Police were considering enforcement action.
Under alert level 3 conditions, people can fish from a wharf or shore but not off rocks or a boat.
People are asked to go to their nearest fishing spot, not their favourite.