27 Jul Tributes paid to man who drowned ‘trying to find dog’ in la…
Tributes have been paid to an ‘adventurous’ man who drowned in a lake whilst searching for his dog, according to eyewitnesses.
Cory Nicholson, 21, died on Tuesday at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire after he went missing shortly after noon.
Eyewitnesses described seeing Cory ‘struggling in the water and shouting for help’ at the water park.
Emergency services were called, including the National Police Air Service, were called in at around 1.40pm.
Their underwater search teams worked late into the evening but the man’s lifeless body was found just before 9pm, seven hours after he went missing.
Relatives have described the car mechanic who lived in Calne, Wiltshire, as ‘a huge family man’.
In tributes paid to the young man, relatives said he loved spending time with his extended family.
In a statement they said he enjoyed ‘big, wide adventures of many sorts’.
Cory was born in Swindon and grew up in Marlborough. He had moved to Calne recently with his mother and her partner.
Eyewitnesses said Cory was searching for his dog which had gone missing during the heatwave.
Joanne Pendlebury, from Waterland Outdoor Pursuits which owns part of the lake, said the man was ‘looking for his missing dog’.
Agnes Baron added two men, one aged in his 50s and the other in his 20s, jumped into the water and swam to his location ‘around 50m from the bank’ after they noticed him calling for help.
Lake 32 in Cotswold Water Park is used for wild water swimming and is assessed annually by the Environment Agency.
Agnes said she wished she could have done more to help during the incident, which she said ‘happened in about five minutes’.
However they could not find him after he disappeared under the water of Lake 32 at lunchtime on Tuesday.
Underwater search teams worked well into the evening and police confirmed the man’s body had been found just before 9pm.
It is understood the park remained open and police asked people to move away from the lake while the incident was being attended to.
The coroner has been informed.
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