The man on the airbed looks at his victims before turning around and disappearing into the water, traumatizing his pals

They said that they tried to save the man who fell asleep on an airbed, but he disappeared under the water and is still missing.

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Thurmaston: Teams look for missing man in Watermead Park

Two of their friends are now traumatized after trying to rescue a man who had fallen asleep on an airbed while trying desperately to save him.

Ryan Hornby (22 years old) and George Lee (21 years old) say that the man looked like them “dead in the eye”He shouted for help, as he tried to keep above water on the hottest day in the year.

The two of them witnessed the drifting airbed. “further and further”You can find it in the middle.

After noticing the distance he was swimming, the man jumped into the water and began to swim back.

He began to struggle and George and Ryan watched helplessly.

Speak to LeicestershireLive, Ryan said: “We were just at the edge the shallow bit of the lake trying to seeing how cold it was. A group of people were near us. One of them got on the surface of the water and just floated off.

“He went under and came back up and was shouting for help.”







The force stated that it would continue to treat the operation as a missing-person inquiry
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The friends tried to reach the lake by themselves, but couldn’t get through the mud.

“He looked at us dead in the eye and shouted for help,” Ryan said.

The man was then gone.

“He just disappeared under the water,”George said. The 21-year-old stated that they tried to help as many people as possible.

“There was not much we could do – it was horrible because he had been shouting but nobody could do anything about it,”She added. “We tried to go further but we didn’t know how deep it was going to get.”







Leicestershire Police and firefighters searched the water.
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The horrifying incident took place at Mammoth Lake, Watermead Park in Leicester, on Friday, July 17

The young men alerted emergency services, and search-and rescue teams arrived. Ever since then, the area has been searched by firefighters and police from Leicestershire.

The force updated the public on Sunday night to say that it still considers the operation a missing persons inquiry.

“He just disappeared under the water,”George stated, and added that they tried to help as much as they could.







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“There was not much we could do – it was horrible because he had been shouting but nobody could do anything about it,”She added.

“We tried to go further but we didn’t know how deep it was going to get.”

Ryan claimed that they searched for the man but were unsuccessful. “nowhere to be seen”. “It was horrible,”He concluded. “We haven’t been able to get away from it, we’re traumatised. I have had to take a few days off work.”

Police continued to search for the man at Watermead Park today, deploying search and rescue boats and drones. Mammoth Lake is the biggest body of water in the park and used to be part of a quarry.







Police continued to look for the man today at Watermead Park
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Detective Superintendent Michelle Keen said on Sunday: “We’re treating this as a missing person enquiry and we are continuing to search both the lake and Watermead Park itself to try and locate the man. Unfortunately to date, a co-ordinated search involving multiple agencies – as well as a specialist police search advisor (POLSA) – has not led to him being located.

“We are now working closely with specialists to identify the next steps to locate the missing male. We have officers in contact with the family of the male and supporting them at this distressing time.







For a missing man, police search Mammoth Lake in Watermead Country Park
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“While a number of people who were in Watermead Park have been spoken to, I’d still ask anyone who was in the area on Friday evening but has not yet spoken to police to do so.”

Anyone who was in the Park at the time of the incident is asked to contact Leicestershire Police urgently by dialling 101, quoting incident 612 (June 17).

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