A 17-year-old has been swept off the rocks at a dangerous fishing spot near Raglan.
Police were alerted at 1.30pm that a person had gone into the water at Papanui Point in Ruapuke.
The teen was with three other people.
Police Search and Rescue, Surf Lifesaving and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were all involved in the search.
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However, search for the teenager has been suspended, police said, due to the conditions. It is expected to resume tomorrow.
"The 17-year-old's family has been advised and are being supported by police,'' a statement said.
The spot has reportedly claimed close to 20 lives in the past 75 years.