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Second Man Drowns In South Island Waters

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Wellington, April 5 NZPA - A man has drowned in a Southland lake this afternoon -- the second drowning in the South Island today.

Emergency services were called to Lake Mavora, in northern Southland, where the man, believed to be in his 40s, had drowned about 1pm, police said.

The man was the second to die in South Island waters today after a fisherman was swept to his death while fishing off the Otago Peninsula this morning.

The 51-year-old Korean man was swept off rocks at Cape Saunders, a popular fishing spot, shortly after 11am, Dunedin Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said.

His body was recovered from the water about 12.10pm.

Mr Brown said the man's family had gathered at the scene.

Weather conditions had been fine but the sea was "sloppy", he said.

The man was the third person to be washed off the rocks in the past 12 to 18 months but the first fatality in some years.

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