A man has died at a Raglan beach this morning after being found unresponsive in the water outside of patrol hours.

A group of surfers at Manu Bay, Raglan, noticed the man at about 9am. They paddled over to him and then started to make their way back to shore.

A Surf Life Saving New Zealand statement said an off-duty surf lifeguard was watching the local live surf camera and headed down to the beach upon noticing that something unusual was happening.

He helped the group get the unconscious man onto the rocks where he performed CPR until St John Ambulance arrived soon after with a defibrillator.

The Raglan surf lifeguard call-out squad, surf lifeguards from Raglan Surf Live Saving Club who were about to start their patrol, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand staff also attended the scene.

The man was unable to be resuscitated.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand said its “thoughts are with the person’s friends and whānau during this difficult time”.