Police praise quick-thinking action of bystanders who rescued man struggling in water at Hawke's Bay beach

A man who got into difficulty in the sea at Clive in Hawke's Bay has been saved thanks to the actions of two quick-thinking men who were fishing, and two others.

Police say the fishermen spotted the man - thought to be collecting mussels off the beach near Richmond Road - getting into difficulty in the water.

One of the fishermen dialled 111. He then grabbed a long piece of rope from his ute, and flagged down two people passing by to ask if they were confident swimmers.

One of the passers-by, a woman, agreed to enter the water, and was able to reach the struggling man and get the rope around him, police say.

The two fishermen then helped bring the man to shore.

Senior Constable Andy Clinton says Police arrived on scene to find the man unresponsive.

"I have to admit, we feared the worst," he says.

"However thankfully he was able to be revived.

"I have no doubt that if it wasn’t for the actions of those people we would have had another drowning statistic on our hands."

The man was transported to hospital by ambulance.

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