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A combined emergency services training exercise was held on Lake Wakatipu yesterday.
The exercise involved staff from the police, Fire Service, ambulance, coastguard and the Queenstown Lakes harbourmaster, Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said.
The exercise, which was held late in the afternoon, was based around a passenger plane crashing into the lake.
It might have caught the attention of residents because ''there would have quite a bit of activity happening in the area'', he said.