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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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 realizing how far out he was, the man leapt into water and began swimming back.
But he started to struggle, and George & Ryan looked helplessly on.
Talk 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 waterbed and floated off.
“He went under and came back up and was shouting for help.”
The friends tried to get out into the lake themselves to help him, but were unable to wade through the mud and realised there was nothing else they could do.
“He looked at us dead in the eye and shouted for help,” Ryan said.
But moments later the man could no longer be seen.
“He just disappeared under the water,” George said. The 21-year-old said they helped as much as they could.
“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.”
The horror took place in Mammoth Lake in Watermead Park in Leicester on Friday, June 17
The young men alerted emergency services and search and rescue teams arrived – Leicestershire Police and firefighters have been searching the area ever since.
In an update on Sunday night, the force said it was still very much treating the operation as a missing person inquiry.
“He just disappeared under the water,” George said, adding that they helped as much as they could.
“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 said they tried to search for the man, but he was “Nothing to be seen”. “It was terrible.” he added. “We haven’t been able to get away from it, we’re traumatised. I have had to take a few days off work.”
The man was still being sought by police at Watermead Park, where they used search and rescue boats and drones to continue their search. Mammoth Lake is one of the largest bodies of water in this park. It was once part of a quarry.
On Sunday, Michelle Keen, Detective Superintendent, stated: “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.
“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).