A surfer has been rescued after getting into trouble at a Lake Macquarie beach last night.

About 6pm (Tuesday 4 February 2020), two 17-year-old boys went surfing at Redhead Beach, Redhead, and were separated in the large swell.

One of the teens returned to shore, while the second was heard by witnesses calling for help after losing his surfboard and being swept to sea.

Emergency Services were notified about 6.20pm and officers from Lake Macquarie Police District, along with NSW Ambulance paramedics and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended. Surf Lifesavers were also recalled.

The teen was located floating about 100m from shore and winched aboard the helicopter.

He was returned to the Redhead Beach carpark and treated by paramedics for exhaustion before being taken to John Hunter Hospital as a precaution.

“Had it not been for the swift response of emergency services, we could have had an extremely tragic event here today,” said Inspector Cheryl Day from Lake Macquarie Police District.