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Waitematā Harbour training exercise keeps rescue chopper busy

A seemingly dramatic rescue is under way on Auckland's Waitematā Harbour, but it's not what it seems.

Rescue exercise on Waitematā Harbour
A training exercise on the Waitematā Harbour Photo: Supplied

A crew member has been seen being winched from the rescue helicopter onto a yacht off Beach Haven.

The chopper then escorted the boat down the harbour.

However, the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust says it's part of a winching training exercise with the Coastguard.

The helicopter will be active over the next two days in the Upper Harbour and Brown's Island area.