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A surfer has been rescued in a bizarre incident near Gisborne, where he was hooked up in a contiki line and towed more than 500 metres offshore.
The 25-year-old Frenchman was surfing at Wainui Beach around 2.30 this afternoon when he became caught up in the fishing line from a motorised contiki being launched from the beach.
Witnesses say he was dragged a long way out to sea by the device.
He was helped back to the beach by other surfers who managed to untie the line, with the hook still deeply imbedded between his thumb and first finger.
He was taken to Gisborne Hospital by St John ambulance to have the hook surgically removed.
Police and members of the local surf lifesaving club also responded to the emergency.
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