18 Feb 2021

Surfer saved after writing 'HELP' in sand

From Morning Report, 8:39 am on 18 February 2021

A surfer with serious injuries has been saved in a remarkable rescue.

The man who was surfing alone was swept onto rocks at Mercer Bay on Auckland's west coast.

He managed to write "HELP" on the sand before collapsing.

Miraculously - a member of the public on a nearby walking track saw him finishing his message, and raised the alarm.

His rescuer, surf lifeguard Blake Porteous spoke to Corin Dann.