A 77-year-old Hamilton man suffered a suspected hip fracture while walking with family and friends when he twisted his leg.
His walking companions were able to move him to a more comfortable position on the rocks, away from the waterline to await help.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Marokopa Beach, Piopio. The helicopter was able to land on the rocks exposed by the outgoing tide.
The patient was flown to Waikato Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.