The 50-year-old Man Drowns Free Diving Near Gisborne

The 50-year-old drowned when diving at a secluded beach near Tolaga Bay.

And police say he got caught in a rip in the course of free diving at Puatai Beach this afternoon.

St John Ambulance spokesperson Robbie Walker says the man was already dead when they arrived at the scene after the body had been brought to shore by his peers.

At the same time, another person has serious injuries after another water incident this afternoon in Maketu, near Tauranga.Free Diving

Just before 4pm, St John arrived and treated the person before taking them to Tauranga Hospital.