Man dies after being swept out to sea in Timaru District

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A man has died after being swept out to sea at Seadown, north of Timaru, on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency services rescued a child from the water after being called to the beach at 4:30pm.

The child was treated by ambulance staff.

Due to the dangerous conditions, a helicopter was deployed in the search for the man.

Police said the man had already died when he was found a short time later.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.