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Man fighting for life after rescue operation at Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh
Updated 7:05pm Monday 9th December 2013 in News
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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.
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.
We have now posted a summary of the events, which can be found on the link below:
Police have now confirmed that the 28-year-old man from Chandler's Ford pulled from water has died.
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.
They are describing his situation as "serious and life threatening" and have revealed he is 28 years old.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that a casualty has been pulled from the water.
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.
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.
It is understood that relatives of the man are at the scene and are being comforted by police.
News is just emerging that a man has been recovered from the lake, after over an hour in the water.
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.
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.
Hampshire's fire service is also thought to have thermal imaging equipment at the scene.
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.
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."
Initially 13 police vehicles were despatched to the scene, most of the officers stationed locally in Eastleigh.
He is thought to have fallen in to the water close to a bench and jetty at the park.
Hampshire police are telling us that they received a report at around 12.30pm by telephone of a man in distress in the water.
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."
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.
There are around eight police cars and five South Central Ambulance Service vehicles at the scene.
It's thought the police helicopter is using thermal imaging equipment to try and identify where the person might be.
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."
An inflatable red boat has been paddled in to the centre of the lake manned by a Hampshire Fire and Rescue team.
Police are comforting a woman who has been in tears.
They haven also pushed the cordon back as the search operation is stepped up.
The National Police Air Service helicopter is now circling overhead.
Fire crews are rushing too and from their back-up vehicles arriving with searching implements, forks and shovels.
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.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue's water rescue team are currently inflating a boat on a footpath leading to the lake.
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.
The specialist water rescue unit at the scene.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene with their specialist water rescue unit.
The scene at Lakeside this afternoon:
Local people reported a flurry of emergency vehicles making their way along Southampton Road in the past half an hour.
At the side of the lake a medical bed from a nearby ambulance is waiting.
There are currently at least four divers in the water at the park, thought to be police officers.
Huge emergency rescue operation is underway at Lakeside Country Park in Wide Lane, Eastleigh, near Southampton Airport (Parkway) Railway station.
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