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Piha Rescue

Piha Beach in New Zealand provides the perfect escape from the heat of summer as locals and tourists flock to the coast. However, beach-goers in relaxed holiday mode and Piha's notorious rip currents are a dangerous combination and even seasoned surfers can quickly find themselves out of their depth. This volatile mix means the lifeguards of Piha Rescue are constantly being called upon to ride to the rescue of endangered swimmers and surfers. With hundreds of people swimming between the flags in the peak season, mass rescues are an all too common occurrence. The notorious Raglan rip tide catches both inexperienced and advanced kite surfers off-guard, and with the best surfing spot a kilometre from the patrolled area, it's always a race against time to find the victims and haul them to safety. Piha Rescue offers an rare insight into the heart-stopping daily dramas of the brave volunteers who frequently endanger their own lives in saving others.


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