A man took to the sea off Papamoa Beach early this evening in an attempt to evade a Police arrest.
His efforts failed, as he was located by the TECT Rescue helicopter and picked up by a search rescue boat.
“Around 5.20pm Police went to an address on Papamoa Beach Rd to execute an arrest warrant,” says a Police spokesperson.
“The wanted person fled the address and entered the sea."
SunLive readers report a helicopter and an IRB rescue boat were out off Papamoa Beach between Karewa Parade and Taylor Rd.
The TECT Rescue helicopter and boat rescued the man. Photo: Ari Kerr
“The man managed to get about 500m into the water before they were eventually brought to the shore and taken into custody," says a Police spokesperson.
"The helicopter located him, and then the IRB pulled him out," says a SunLive reader.
"This evening the TECT Rescue Helicopter assisted Police in locating an offender who had evaded arrest by swimming approx 750m offshore," says a TECT Rescue Helicopter spokesperson.
"He was located by the TECT Rescue Helicopter crewman, who directed the pilot to his location.
"The man was uplifted by a Surf Lifesaving NZ IRB in the water.
"The man was then met onshore by the TECT Rescue Helicopter and treated by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic," says a TECT Rescue Helicopter spokesperson.
"He was transported to Hospital by road, in a serious hypothermic condition accompanied by the flight intensive care paramedic."
The 38-year-old man is due to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow.
Police waiting for the man to be brought ashore so he can be arrested. Photo: Ari Kerr