16 Dec 2017

Missing man's body found in Lake Wanaka

4:54 pm on 16 December 2017

The body of a man who went missing in Lake Wanaka yesterday has been found.

Lake Wanaka seen from Roy's Bay

Lake Wanaka (file photo) Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

Emergency services were called at about midday yesterday after the man got into trouble while swimming out from Stevensons Island to retrieve a drifting boat.

Another person swam out to help but was unable to find him, police said.

A shoreline search began yesterday, with some areas cordoned off.

The police national dive squad joined the search this afternoon and found the man's body soon after, not far from where he went missing.

The death will be referred to the coroner.