Surfer writes desperate ‘help’ message in sand before collapsing on remote beach

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A stranded surfer wrote a desperate message in the sand on a remote beach before collapsing.

The man, who had lost his board, was swept onto the rocks of Karekare Beach near Auckland, New Zealand.

He tried to find help for two hours before getting and was unable to continue due to the injuries sustained when he was swept into the rocks.

The surfer managed to write 'HELP' in large letters in the sand before collapsing in a last desperate bid to get someone to see it.

Thankfully for him a woman walking on a nearby track spotted him writing the SOS message, and she was able to summon help.

She alerted the United North Piha Surf Club, and lifeguards rushed to the scene on a jet ski to perform first aid on the stricken surfer.

The patient had earlier been declared missing by his wife, and Surf Life Saving were able to inform the man's family that he had been located.

Search and rescue supervisor John-Michael Swannix said the man was "very lucky" to have been spotted in such a remote area.

Mr Swannix said: "The message in the sand is not visible from the walking tracks at the northern end of Mercer Bray, so it was very lucky the informant and her friend were at the southern end and able to see it.

"With Auckland in alert level 3, not as many people are out and about at the moment so it's also lucky someone was walking the track at that time."

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