A teenage girl has died after getting into trouble at a West Auckland beach.

A police spokesperson said a group of four people were reported to be in trouble after being stuck in a rip shortly after midday.

Three of the people managed to make it back to shore. The fourth was rescued by lifeguards and treated by Auckland Rescue Helicopters crew, a spokesman said.

A St John spokesperson confirmed two ambulances, a first response unit and a rapid response unit were called to an incident in the water at Karekare Beach, south of Piha, about 12.12pm today.

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Two Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters also attended.

The teen was flown to Auckland's Starship hospital in a critical condition but died.

The remaining three were assessed by St John staff. One person was in a serious condition while the other two were in moderate condition.

They did not need to be choppered to hospital.

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Fire and Emergency northern shift manager Craig Dally said firefighters had helped with first aid.