Four hikers were rescued by the Coastguard yesterday evening after becoming trapped by a fire at Canterbury’s Purau Bay.

Coastguard Canterbury volunteers had just finished helping a broken-down vessel in Lyttelton Harbour when a member of the public alerted them to the trapped hikers.

The volunteers found the hikers on rocks under the fire near the bay’s entrance.

“Prioritising everyone’s safety, we utilised our fire pump during the extraction, minimising potential risks to our vessel, crew, and the four individuals,” Coastguard Canterbury’s Reuben Cowan said of the rescue.

The hikers were assessed for any injuries and then were taken to a safe location, Cowan said.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand said it was called about the scrub fire at about 4.26pm. The fire, close to the water, had spread across by 100m. A helicopter was called in to help three crews on the ground and the fire was out by 6.30pm.