A man has died after a jet ski accident in Canterbury.

Emergency services were called to Kairaki Beach, near the mouth of the Waimakariri River, at about 1.20pm.

A police spokeswoman said they had received reports that a man on a jet ski was in trouble.

The man was rescued from the water by helicopter and taken to hospital where he later died.

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Local surf lifesavers and Coastguard assisted in the rescue.

Police will be making inquiries on behalf of the Coroner.