Man fighting for life after rescue operation at Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh

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  • Man pulled from water after major emergency operation at Lakeside Country Park.
  • All emergency services were at the scene.
  • Victim, a 28-year-old man, is fighting for life at hospital.
  • Police earlier incorrectly said the man had died.

7:01pm

Police have now said the man is not dead and is in fact fighting for his life at Southampton General Hospital, after earlier saying he had died.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said they had conflicting information on two different systems, and released the incorrect information saying that the 28-year-old had died, when in fact he is still alive.

6:26pm

We have now posted a summary of the events, which can be found on the link below:

5:38pm

Police have now confirmed that the 28-year-old man from Chandler's Ford pulled from water has died.

3:07pm

Daily Echo:

Cordons are being taken slowly removed at Lakeside. The remaining emergency services are quickly leaving the scene although a large tent is still situated close to the water side.

3:06pm

They are describing his situation as "serious and life threatening" and have revealed he is 28 years old.

3:03pm

Daily Echo:

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that a casualty has been pulled from the water.

2:49pm

One of two women who arrived at the scene earlier was seen in tears and was being comforted by a man. They have also just driven away behind the ambulance.

2:48pm

 

Daily Echo:

An ambulance with blue flashing lights has left the scene this afternoon.
The vehicle had been parked by the side of the lake while rescuers, who are now also leaving, were at work.
Fire crews are beginning to pack up and return to base while the police helicopter has also flown off.
 

2:35pm

It is understood that relatives of the man are at the scene and are being comforted by police.

2:35pm

 

Daily Echo:

News is just emerging that a man has been recovered from the lake, after over an hour in the water.

2:32pm

Fisherman Colin Pitcher said he was on a separate fishing lake adjacent to the one currently being searched.
He said he had gone past and seen three "young looking" people sitting on a bench by the lake at around mid day. He then went back to fishing.
"The next thing, there was some shouting - I did not hear what was being said.
"All of a sudden there were some police running across the field towards the lake. There were sirens all over the place."
The lake being searched is one of three at Lakeside Country Park and is usually used for recreational activities other than fishing, such as canoeing and swimming.

2:28pm

Two officers have walked from the lake carrying filled-up paper and plastic bags.
Dog walkers are still arriving at the scene only to be turned away at the cordon.
There is still some confusion among passers by as to what exactly has unfolded this afternoon.

2:24pm

Daily Echo:

Hampshire's fire service is also thought to have thermal imaging equipment at the scene.

2:24pm

It's understood that specialist staff from the county's police, fire and ambulance services have all had people in the water helping with the rescue effort this afternoon.

2:14pm

Daily Echo:

A young mum who arrived at the scene to find a major incident on running said: "It's unbelievable. There are so many people here. My husband comes down here for a sleep at lunch time and he said that when he woke up there was fire and police vehicles everywhere.
"It's not pleasant - I just hope whoever they are looking for is ok."
Jim Daniels from Eastleigh who visits the lake regularly to view wildlife added: "It's quite distressing to see this all. It is a very dramatic incident."

2:14pm

2:09pm

Daily Echo:

Initially 13 police vehicles were despatched to the scene, most of the officers stationed locally in Eastleigh.

2:00pm

He is thought to have fallen in to the water close to a bench and jetty at the park.

1:56pm

Daily Echo:

Hampshire police are telling us that they received a report at around 12.30pm by telephone of a man in distress in the water.

1:55pm

One woman described seeing police cars driving past her at pace down Southampton Road before rushing down the driveway to the lake area.
Sarah Lane from Chadwick Road in Eastleigh, said: "I have never seen this volume of emergency services in one place before.
"It is an amazing sight but it is not nice news. We were going to come for a walk and a picnic but that does not look like it is happening now.
"It is usually a quiet and peaceful place to be."

1:53pm

A police dog unit has now joined the huge mass of emergency services on the scene. The Lakeside car park is rammed with fire engines, police patrol cars and various different ambulance vehicles while the police helicopter continues to circle above.

1:42pm

There are around eight police cars and five South Central Ambulance Service vehicles at the scene.

1:39pm

Daily Echo:

It's thought the police helicopter is using thermal imaging equipment to try and identify where the person might be.

1:37pm

One dog walker who did not want to be named said: "We have been told we can't go down a footpath as it is cordoned off. All we've heard is that a man went into the lake and has not come out yet."

1:36pm

Daily Echo:

An inflatable red boat has been paddled in to the centre of the lake manned by a Hampshire Fire and Rescue team.
 

1:35pm

Daily Echo:

Police are comforting a woman who has been in tears.
They haven also pushed the cordon back as the search operation is stepped up.
 

1:29pm

The National Police Air Service helicopter is now circling overhead.

1:25pm

Fire crews are rushing too and from their back-up vehicles arriving with searching implements, forks and shovels.

1:23pm

Bewildered dog walkers and fishermen have been watching on as huge numbers of emergency service personnel descend on the scene.
A police community support officer is standing guard with a cordon 50m from the dramatic search operation.

1:20pm

Hampshire Fire and Rescue's water rescue team are currently inflating a boat on a footpath leading to the lake.

1:20pm

Dozens of police fire and ambulance crews are on the scene.
Two specialists are in the water using long batons to check below the surface.
Another team wearing yellow outfits are further away searching the other side of the lake.
 

1:17pm

The specialist water rescue unit at the scene.

Daily Echo:

1:16pm

1:14pm

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene with their specialist water rescue unit.

1:13pm

The scene at Lakeside this afternoon:

Daily Echo:

1:12pm

Local people reported a flurry of emergency vehicles making their way along Southampton Road in the past half an hour.

 

1:12pm

At the side of the lake a medical bed from a nearby ambulance is waiting.

1:10pm

There are currently at least four divers in the water at the park, thought to be police officers.

1:09pm

Huge emergency rescue operation is underway at Lakeside Country Park in Wide Lane, Eastleigh, near Southampton Airport (Parkway) Railway station.

Comments (4)

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5:24pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

Is that a can of beer in the woman's hand?
Is that a can of beer in the woman's hand? Zexagon

5:38pm Mon 9 Dec 13

S Pance says...

..and what are you trying to imply by pointing out the can of Holsten?

A man is in a critical condition in hospital and we have to hope he recovers. Now is not the time for questions; those can wait.
..and what are you trying to imply by pointing out the can of Holsten? A man is in a critical condition in hospital and we have to hope he recovers. Now is not the time for questions; those can wait. S Pance

5:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

lucky87 says...

r.i.p Austin
r.i.p Austin lucky87

6:24pm Mon 9 Dec 13

speedyuk says...

Austin ?? What's his surname
Austin ?? What's his surname speedyuk

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