Search for missing swimmer at Waihi Beach resumes

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The search for a swimmer who got into difficulty in the sea at Waihi Beach yesterday has resumed this morning.

Police were advised at about 12.40pm on Friday that the teenage male had reportedly been caught in a rip.

The teenager had been part of a group swimming in the area.

Searchers, including Waihi Beach Lifeguard members, are using inflatable rescue boats to search the area today.

An initial search was carried out by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter yesterday, however, it was unsuccessful.

Updates will be provided when available.

Surf Life Saving NZ is urging beach goers to be extra vigilant this weekend, and throughout the rest of summer.

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