A woman was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after being found in the water at Raglan this afternoon.

Emergency services were notified that there was a woman in the water near the Raglan wharf at 4.40pm.

She was airlifted to Waikato Hospital.

A police spokeswoman understood the rescued woman was in a critical condition.

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It is unclear why the woman was in the water, or how she got there.