Shaun Johnson of the Warriors.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors. DAVID ROWLAND

Warriors come to rescue of drowning man

WARRIORS players have been involved in the dramatic rescue of a drowning man off the New Zealand coast.

Club captain Shaun Johnson told the story to the New Zealand Herald of how an SOS call interrupted a team fishing trip, and how players helped saved the life of a 20-year-old male.

It was on Monday when 26 players headed out on a fishing charter as a team bonding exercise.

They were fishing on the boat off an Auckland beach when a coastguard call came over the radio with a report of a person being swept overboard.

"(The boat's crew) said, 'We've been asked to go help the search'. And we said, 'Yeah go, of course'," Johnson explained.

"So we just all dropped our rods and headed in. On this fishing charter boat there's two levels and we were all around the edge, everyone was looking in every direction.

"We thought, 'Oh man we're never going to find him'."

A police helicopter, a rescue boat and other vessels were searching for the man when Warriors player Matt Allwood spotted something in the water.

"I went over and told the boat's captain and we went in that direction, when (the man) came visible to us," Allwood said.

"He looked a bit buggered, he was tired. We yelled out and told him we were there and to keep swimming."

The man was pulled on to the deck of the police boat alive.

"We were all just standing there in silence. Then a radio call came through and said 'good job boys, this is him' and we just went off. We just went crazy," Johnson said.

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