Sunset Beach lifeguards have been credited with preventing a mass drowning of 10 rock fishermen on Easter Monday.
They were rescued from a rocky outcrop at Port Waikato after
getting trapped in four-metre swells and a rising tide.
Lifeguards swam about 50m out to the fishermen, then swam each of them back to the safety of a small bay opposite the outcrop where they awaited the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The incident is a timely reminder to beach-goers to be extra-cautious from now on, with beach patrols officially ending at Easter but sunny weather expected to continue.