Mount Maunganui lifeguards are urging the public to take extra care in the ocean after a woman died at Mount Maunganui beach last night.
Mount Maunganui surf lifeguards were called to assist a woman who collapsed on Mauao. Photos courtesy of Kent Jarman.
A woman was pulled from the water at around 6pm from the stretch of coast towards Sutherland Ave.
Ambulance and police officers were called to assist but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tauranga Senior Sergeant Glenn Saunders says the woman is believed to be from overseas and police are still investigating.
"We are still trying to determine whether or not it was a medical condition."
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service chairman Paul Treanor says public should take extra care in the water following the incidents last night.
"Last night’s death was a tragic reminder of the need to treat the ocean with the utmost respect.
Off-duty lifeguards Callum Knox and Andrew Roy, who provided assistance, then pulled a 16-year-old Hamilton teenager from the water from the far end of Mount Main Beach.
The 16-year-old Hamilton boy was caught in a rip while swimming. The boy’s uncle waved Andrew and Callum down as they drove past on a quad bike.
Andrew swam to the boy’s rescue bringing him back to shore.
"There was a lot of water moving out there. It only took about 30 seconds to swim a couple of hundred metres out to him but it took us a good few minutes to get back in.
"He was certainly pretty grateful we were able to help him out."
The events follow an incident where a 63-year-old woman collapsed while walking up Mauao. The woman was attended to by surf lifeguards before being airlifted from the mountain by helicopter and taken to Tauranga Hospital.
Regional lifeguards are patrolling Bay of Plenty beaches for one more week, ending on February 8.