A paddle boarder who dislocated his ankle near Whangapoua has been airlifted to North Shore Hospital.
A spokesperson for Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust says the incident happened just after 11.30am on Thursday.
"Whitianga crew were called to Whangapoua to assist a male patient in his 40’s who had stepped off a paddleboard into water, rolling and dislocating his ankle when he made contact with the sand.
"He was flown to North Shore Hospital in a moderate condition."
The man was airlifted by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.