A man has been rescued from a boat in the Bay of Islands after his index finger was cut off.

A person in another boat made a mayday call just after 8.30 last night, and also gave first aid.

Coastguard Duty officer Nico Doodeman says a helicopter was arranged, but in the end a medivac via sea was chosen as the best option.

Bay Rescue 2 - the volunteer crew based at Doves Bay - was paged out urgently and the man and his wife were taken to a waiting ambulance at Russell.

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Doodeman praised a member of the public who helped the man.

The person - on another boat - made a mayday call just after 8.30pm and applied first aid to the man.

Coastguard also rescued a couple whose runabout hit rocks near the entrance to Gulf Harbour last night.