Surf Life Savers have had a busy day with two rescues in the North Island.

Northern regional lifeguard supervisor Oli Stewart said they were first called out at 3.40pm to a man in trouble 1 kilometre off shore in Waipu. The man was in an inflatable dinghy and was believed to be rowing with no outboard motor.

Stewart said they sent out a jet ski and a rescue boat which assisted the man back to shore. He thought strong offshore winds could have prevented the man getting back in.

"He was slightly stressed but otherwise fine."


Police said the man was in his 40s and was wearing a lifejacket.

Life savers were then called out to a rescue at 5.40pm in Raglan. A kite boarder has been sighted 500 metres of the coast. Police believed he may have been in trouble.

Stewart said they launched the boat straight away to begin searching but police shortly found the kite boarder on the beach.