Three people were rescued after falling from the rocks into the ocean off the Otago coast this afternoon.

A police spokesman said the family had been fishing off the rocks at Cape Saunders when a 14-year-old fell into the water at about 3.40pm.

It appeared his uncle and another person dived in to try to help but then none of them could get out.

A rescue helicopter was doing a training exercise nearby so arrived quickly.
It winched them from the water and took them to Dunedin Hospital.