Police divers have found the body of a fisherman who was swept underwater at Lake Coleridge last night.

Police Search and Rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Phil Simmonds said emergency services were called to Lake Coleridge, near Mt Hutt, at around 5pm to reports a man had been swept under while fishing.

"Initial reports suggest the man had been attempting to come to the aid of another fisherman."

Four members of the Police National Dive Squad were searching at the lake today, including speaking to witnesses to gain a better idea of where to focus their efforts.

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Environmental conditions were proving tricky for search and rescue teams, as the lake is very deep and temperatures are around 6C-7C.

Police extended their sympathies to the man's family.