Police were called to reports of a drowning early this morning at Tahunanui Beach. Two people, a man and a woman reportedly got into trouble while swimming at low tide in clothing and they were struggling to the shore.
The man managed to pull the woman out of the water, at around 1.30am but the woman, a 29-year-old, unfortunately died at the scene.
The man was taken to Nelson hospital in a moderate condition.
The death will be referred to the coroner.