A search and rescue was initiated after a surfer failed to return at a Northland beach.
The incident was reported by bystanders on Ahipara Beach at around 2.40 pm this afternoon.
Reports indicated that a person had been caught in a rip within the bay.
Two surf IRBs, one Fire and Emergency Unit and three Police units took part in the search to find the person.
A Helicopter was sent to the area to search from above.
The search for the person was later suspended after failing to locate anyone missing. It was put on hold with a pending status.
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