MP calls for inquiry into man’s lake death

MEMORIAL Flowers at the scene of Simon Burgess' death
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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has called for an inquiry into the tragic death of Simon Burgess.

She says an investigation should be conducted – if there was any chance at all that Mr Burgess was still alive when he was seen floating in the water in Walpole Lake

TRIBUTES Simon Burgess

TRIBUTES Simon Burgess

As reported in The News, Mr Burgess, of White Lion Walk, Gosport, was seen wading into the 3ft-deep lake shortly after midday last Thursday.

Minutes later he was spotted floating face down in the water. Emergency services who were first at the scene did not enter the lake because of the potential risk.

Mr Burgess’ body was retrieved at 12.45pm – according to police – after a specialist water support unit arrived from Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Mrs Dinenage said: ‘The lady who was at the scene felt he had not been lying in the water very long.

‘But they turned up and they made a judgment call that there were no signs of life. It’s impossible to know.

‘We presume they know what they are talking about because they deal with these incidents daily.’

But she added: ‘Emergency services do make mistakes.

‘We do rely upon them to make swift judgments.

‘We rely on them being accurate based on their enormous experience.

‘If there was any chance that the man was still alive, then there needs to be a full investigation into it.’

She said she speaks to the police on a regular basis and would bring the matter up at her next meeting with them.

It comes as floral tributes have been left at the scene in Walpole Park by heartbroken friends.

One read: ‘We will miss talking to you while you were feeding the swans. Love Rowan, Rob and Em. We will miss you.’

Another read: ‘We will miss your smiling face and funny jokes. God bless from all your friends at the Age UK Charity Shop.’

One read: ‘Such a nice guy, so nice to have known you.’