A man in his 80s was seriously injured when he slipped and fell while jumping off a 6m cliff into the water with his grandchildren.

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to Little Manly Beach on Auckland's Whangaparaoa Peninsula to fly the man to hospital just before 3pm yesterday.

Communications manager Lincoln Davies said the man slipped and fell on to rocks, suffering multiple injuries.

An 80-year-old man was seriously injured when he slipped and fell while trying to jump from this cliff into the water at Little Manly Beach. Photo/ Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
An 80-year-old man was seriously injured when he slipped and fell while trying to jump from this cliff into the water at Little Manly Beach. Photo/ Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

He had to be helped out of the water and was flown to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition.

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The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has completed more than 1000 missions this year.

In 2015, 1060 rescue missions were carried out by the organisation. Nationally, there were 7590 missions carried out around the country by local rescue helicopters.