Teenage boy drowns at Lake Pegasus

A 16-year-old boy drowned at Lake Pegasus north of Christchurch today.

Inspector Michael Coulter of the police southern communications centre said the boy had been swimming with a group of friends when he disappeared shortly after midday.

"People tried to hold him up but he slipped away from them."

His body was found after a short search and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weather was fine if slightly blustery in the area today.

The matter will be referred to the coroner.


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