Person killed as boat flips on river near Queenstown

It's the second time this year a boat has flipped on the river. Photo credit: File

A person has died in the Queenstown-Lakes district after a raft overturned in a river on Saturday. 

Emergency services were called to Skippers Canyon at the head of the Shotover River where a boat flipped, local newspaper Mountain Scene reported. 

Police confirmed one person has died, after previously reporting two people had been injured. 

Maritime NZ, RCCNZ and TAIC have all been advised, police said in a statement. 

Skippers Canyon is a scenic gorge north of Queenstown, some 22km in length. The canyon is carved out by the Shotover River, famous for the Shotover Jet boat rides that reach speeds of up to 85kph. 

It's the second time this year a rafting accident has occurred in the Shotover River. A white-water rafting guide died in the river in March after his raft flipped. 

The other passengers on the boat were unharmed, Queenstown Rafting manager Luke Taylor said at the time, but the guide was found dead in the water at the scene.