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Wiltshire man in his 20s dies at Cotswold Water Park

Emergency services search the lake for the man who disappeared just after 1:40pm.

The body of a man in his 20s has been recovered from a lake at a popular tourist attraction near Cirencester.

It is believed the man, who was from Wiltshire, had entered the lake at The Cotswold Water Park on Tuesday 23 July.

Witnesses said he was looking for his dog.

Hundreds of visitors were evacuated from the family attraction just outside Cirencester as police, fire and ambulance crews searched the water.

Staff at nearby Cotswold Country Park and Beach were also assisting the emergency services as they use their beach to mount the rescue.

The lake was shut an hour earlier than normal at 4pm to make way for the rescue operation.

It is believed the man failed to resurface while in Lake 32 - one of 150 lakes - shortly after 1.40pm on Tuesday July 23.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson confirmed they had found the man's body earlier tonight.

A body has been recovered in connection with the search for a swimmer who had gone missing in the lake at Cotswold Water Park this afternoon (Tuesday 23 July).

Officers conducted searches along with the National Police Air Service (NPAS), Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) and Fire Service and the body of a man was pulled from the water shortly before 8.50pm.

He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and the coroner and the man’s next of kin have been informed.

– Gloucestershire Police
The National Police Air Service is just one of the resources searching for the missing man.

South Western Ambulance Service also sent a number of resources to the scene, including a hazardous area response team.

This area was roped off as emergency services searched the lake.

The park is leased by Cotswold Water Park Trust and run by a separate management company.

The site includes two lakes, one with a small beach for swimming and boats to hire and another with an inflatable water park.