Night time dip triggers call out from Matata brigade

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Matata fire fighters were called out shortly after midnight on Friday night after a swimmer was reported in difficulties.

The emergency call was made from a beach-side park near Matata.

The Matata volunteer brigade arrived and found a young person who'd been in the sea for a swim and was suffering from severe hypothermia.

Friends dried the victim and wrapped them up and used body heat to keep the person warm.

Fire fighters put a thermal blanket over the victim who was then taken to Whakatane Hospital for a check-up.

Sam Gardner