A BADLY injured surfer was rescued today after writing "HELP" in the sand before collapsing on a remote New Zealand beach.
The man was surfing by himself at remote Karekare Beach, in Auckland, when he was swept into rocks by crashing waves.
He lost his board and scrambled to shore after suffering serious injuries in the water, the New Zealand Herald reported.
The sufer then became lost while trying to walk through thick bush.
He spent two hours trying to escape the beach before giving up and writing a message in the sand.
Left with no other option, he scrawled the word "HELP" on the beach and collapsed.
Luckily, a woman walking on a track spotted the surfer writing his message of desperation.
She called a local surf club at around 3.30pm and two lifeguards raced to the scene on a jetski.
They gave him emergency first aid before taking him to an ambulance, and he was rushed to hospital.
Cops were called by the man's wife at 5pm when she reported him missing.
Search and Rescue supervisor John-Michael Swannix said the man was fortunate to be rescued.
He said: "With Auckland in alert level 3 [Covid lockdown], 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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