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Surfer at Blacks Beach rescued

A SURFER was flown to Gisborne Hospital yesterday afternoon after he developed a medical condition while surfing at Blacks Beach just south of Opoutama at Mahia.

The Trust Tairawhiti Rescue Helicopter was scrambled shortly after 2.10pm.

“A St John ambulance crew from Mahia was on scene caring for the 25-year-old board rider when we arrived,” a chopper spokesman said.

“He had a pre-existing medical condition and was flown to hospital in a serious condition.”

The chopper landed alongside the road near the ambulance to pick him up.