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One person dead following diving incident in South Otago

A man has died following a diving incident in South Otago this afternoon, police have confirmed.

A file image of a police car at the scene of a crash. Source: 1 NEWS

Police said they were called at about 12pm after a diver became separated from others in his party at Owaka Heads near Hinahina today.

A search was initiated soon after and the man was found around 1:40pm.

Police said despite revival attempts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The death is the second water-related fatality of the Christmas and New Years holiday period after a person died following a diving incident on Christmas Bay at Pourerere Beach in Hawke's Bay.

Today's death has been referred to the coroner.