Police last night rescued a woman who was in the sea 550 metres off the beach at Oriental Bay. A police news release tells the story.
At 6.50pm last night, Police received a call from a member of the public at an Oriental Bay apartment, concerned about a swimmer in the water off Oriental Bay beach.
For 30 minutes, he had been watching the swimmer get further and further away from the shore. He became concerned about her wellbeing.
Wellington Police Maritime Unit staff responded in the police launch Lady Elizabeth IV and at 7.02pm the found a woman treading water approximately 550 metres from Oriental Bay Beach.
She was taken back to the Police Maritime Unit base where she was treated by an ambulance crew before being taken to hospital.
The woman was severely hypothermic when taken on board the police launch. Had it not been for the member of the public’s phone call to police, she would have almost certainly died.