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Relatives pay tribute to car mechanic, 21, who drowned in a lake ‘while searching for missing dog’

Relatives pay tribute to ‘adventurous’ car mechanic, 21, who drowned in a lake ‘while searching for his missing dog’ during record-breaking heatwave

  • Cory Nicholson died on Tuesday at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Glos. 
  • Body was pulled from water by emergency services after seven hours at 8.50pm 
  • Relatives described the mechanic as a ‘huge family man’ that loved adventure 

The relatives of an ‘adventurous’ car mechanic have paid tribute to him after he drowned while he was believed to be searching for his missing dog.

Cory Nicholson, 21, died on Tuesday at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.   

His body was pulled from the water by emergency services at about 8.50pm, seven hours after he went missing.

Cory Nicholson, 21, died on Tuesday at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

His body was pulled from the water by emergency services at about 8.50pm, seven hours after he went missing

His body was pulled from the water by emergency services at about 8.50pm, seven hours after he went missing

Eyewitnesses described seeing Cory ‘struggling in the water and shouting for help’ at the water park. 

Relatives have described the car mechanic, from Calne, Wiltshire, as ‘a huge family man’ who loved spending time with them.

In a statement they said he enjoyed ‘big, wide adventures of many sorts’. 

Joanne Pendlebury, from Waterland Outdoor Pursuits which owns part of the lake, said the man was ‘looking for his missing dog’.

Eyewitnesses described seeing Cory 'struggling in the water and shouting for help' at the water park

Eyewitnesses described seeing Cory ‘struggling in the water and shouting for help’ at the water park

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’, eyewitness Agnes Baron said.

But 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. 

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