Lake tragedy after a £10 bet

Daily Echo: Emergency teams at Lakeside Country Park in Eastleigh Emergency teams at Lakeside Country Park in Eastleigh

IT began with an audacious dare for just £10.

But fun turned to tragedy when a man died after trying to swim in a freezing cold lake.

The family of Austin Clark, 28, wept yesterday as a Southampton inquest heard how emergency crews searched in vain for him in the lake at Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh.

Mr Clark went to the lake on December 9 last year with his partner, Michelle Bowles, 44, and friend David Baude, 31.

Mr Clark consumed a pint and a half of cider before Mr Baude challenged him to enter the lake.

PC Kelly Drodge read a statement prepared by Ms Bowles recalling Mr Baude saying: “I bet you a tenner you can’t swim across there and back”.

Mr Clark replied: “OK, I’ll do it” before stripping down to a T-shirt and jogging bottoms.

He ran into the water as Ms Bowles filmed him from the waterside on her mobile phone.

He started to swim as the others stood on the bank shouting “Go on, go on.”

Halfway across he started waving his arms and shouting “I can’t breathe” before disappearing from sight. Ms Bowles initially thought he was “mucking about” before realising the seriousness of the situation.

Mr Baude waded in after him but retreated because it was too cold and they called 999.

The inquest heard how officers PC Manns and PC Ilderton waded in to search for him.

Emergency crews eventually arrived. They pulled him from the water more than an hour later but he died in Southampton General Hospital.

Pathologist Sanjay Jogai told the inquest how Mr Clark had alcohol twice the legal driving limit in his bloodstream.

He said the combination of intoxication and the shock of immersion in cold water triggered major spasms, reducing blood supply to his heart and brain and eventually causing him to lose consciousness.

He put this as the main cause of death rather than drowning.

Recording an accidental death determination, coroner Keith Wiseman said: “The important thing is that immersion in cold water is very dangerous for anyone.

“The overwhelming sensation is of sadness that such a young life has been lost in this way.”

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8:09am Fri 14 Feb 14

Huey says...

What a waste! And they stood there filming it. Jeez.
What a waste! And they stood there filming it. Jeez. Huey
  • Score: 27

10:45am Fri 14 Feb 14

St.Winch70 says...

What a waste of life. There's a boat house at the lake and numerous life saving aids I hope that these opportunities were used in an attempt to save the guy as opposed to just watching him struggle and waiting for help.
What a waste of life. There's a boat house at the lake and numerous life saving aids I hope that these opportunities were used in an attempt to save the guy as opposed to just watching him struggle and waiting for help. St.Winch70
  • Score: 5

11:01am Fri 14 Feb 14

Mr E says...

something does not quite add up here - Quote .......
"Mr Clark consumed a pint and a half of cider before Mr Baude challenged him to enter the lake"
...... compared with .......
"Pathologist Sanjay Jogai told the inquest how Mr Clark had alcohol twice the legal driving limit in his bloodstream."
something does not quite add up here - Quote ....... "Mr Clark consumed a pint and a half of cider before Mr Baude challenged him to enter the lake" ...... compared with ....... "Pathologist Sanjay Jogai told the inquest how Mr Clark had alcohol twice the legal driving limit in his bloodstream." Mr E
  • Score: 3

11:38am Fri 14 Feb 14

THEKILLER says...

Mr E wrote:
something does not quite add up here - Quote .......
"Mr Clark consumed a pint and a half of cider before Mr Baude challenged him to enter the lake"
...... compared with .......
"Pathologist Sanjay Jogai told the inquest how Mr Clark had alcohol twice the legal driving limit in his bloodstream."
Could be if he was drinking these extra strong ciders which are up to 9% alcohol + alcohol from night before( didn't it happen in the morning?)
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: something does not quite add up here - Quote ....... "Mr Clark consumed a pint and a half of cider before Mr Baude challenged him to enter the lake" ...... compared with ....... "Pathologist Sanjay Jogai told the inquest how Mr Clark had alcohol twice the legal driving limit in his bloodstream."[/p][/quote]Could be if he was drinking these extra strong ciders which are up to 9% alcohol + alcohol from night before( didn't it happen in the morning?) THEKILLER
  • Score: -1

11:44am Fri 14 Feb 14

kiddynamite says...

shouldnt they have all been at work???
shouldnt they have all been at work??? kiddynamite
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Fri 14 Feb 14

motorizer says...

With friends like that who needs enemies!!!!
With friends like that who needs enemies!!!! motorizer
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

tintin33 says...

motorizer wrote:
With friends like that who needs enemies!!!!
doesnt help does it.imagine the guy feels bad enough already
[quote][p][bold]motorizer[/bold] wrote: With friends like that who needs enemies!!!![/p][/quote]doesnt help does it.imagine the guy feels bad enough already tintin33
  • Score: -1

1:39pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

A totally avoidable tragedy
A totally avoidable tragedy Mary80
  • Score: 6

2:38pm Fri 14 Feb 14

kiddynamite says...

kiddynamite wrote:
shouldnt they have all been at work???
Disliked by people who dont work no doubt!
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: shouldnt they have all been at work???[/p][/quote]Disliked by people who dont work no doubt! kiddynamite
  • Score: -3

2:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ktwoo2010 says...

kiddynamite wrote:
kiddynamite wrote:
shouldnt they have all been at work???
Disliked by people who dont work no doubt!
Disliked by people that knew Austin? Lovely nipper. Lost his way a bit and now lost his life. Don't be so judgemental and show just a little bit of respect?
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: shouldnt they have all been at work???[/p][/quote]Disliked by people who dont work no doubt![/p][/quote]Disliked by people that knew Austin? Lovely nipper. Lost his way a bit and now lost his life. Don't be so judgemental and show just a little bit of respect? ktwoo2010
  • Score: 20

3:11pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

ktwoo2010 wrote:
kiddynamite wrote:
kiddynamite wrote:
shouldnt they have all been at work???
Disliked by people who dont work no doubt!
Disliked by people that knew Austin? Lovely nipper. Lost his way a bit and now lost his life. Don't be so judgemental and show just a little bit of respect?
That's exactly what I heard about him,from a good friend of his.......that he was a smashing bloke that had lost his way
[quote][p][bold]ktwoo2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: shouldnt they have all been at work???[/p][/quote]Disliked by people who dont work no doubt![/p][/quote]Disliked by people that knew Austin? Lovely nipper. Lost his way a bit and now lost his life. Don't be so judgemental and show just a little bit of respect?[/p][/quote]That's exactly what I heard about him,from a good friend of his.......that he was a smashing bloke that had lost his way Zexagon
  • Score: 9

11:03am Sat 15 Feb 14

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fabulous and awesome piece of information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend kartik,coimbatore,i have read atleast eleven posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a lot once again, Regards, bob marley quotes bob marley quotes99
  • Score: -7

6:35pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won
Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won Reality-man
  • Score: -3

8:50pm Sat 15 Feb 14

userds5050 says...

Reality-man wrote:
Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won
Cu nt.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won[/p][/quote]Cu nt. userds5050
  • Score: 7

10:28am Sun 16 Feb 14

andysaints007 says...

Reality-man wrote:
Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won
We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won[/p][/quote]We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt andysaints007
  • Score: 3

12:24pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won
We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt
Maybe you should aim your anger at the jobless idiots sat around a lake on a Tuesday afternoon drinking special brew and daring each other they can swim across a freezing cold lake? Hard to have sympathy for such people
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won[/p][/quote]We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt[/p][/quote]Maybe you should aim your anger at the jobless idiots sat around a lake on a Tuesday afternoon drinking special brew and daring each other they can swim across a freezing cold lake? Hard to have sympathy for such people Reality-man
  • Score: -2

8:34am Tue 18 Feb 14

userds5050 says...

Reality-man wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won
We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt
Maybe you should aim your anger at the jobless idiots sat around a lake on a Tuesday afternoon drinking special brew and daring each other they can swim across a freezing cold lake? Hard to have sympathy for such people
What's it like being you? Bit hectic?
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won[/p][/quote]We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt[/p][/quote]Maybe you should aim your anger at the jobless idiots sat around a lake on a Tuesday afternoon drinking special brew and daring each other they can swim across a freezing cold lake? Hard to have sympathy for such people[/p][/quote]What's it like being you? Bit hectic? userds5050
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Ryan951990 says...

I cannot believe how insensitive some people can be! No matter what he was doing, why he was there, or who / what he was, it is still a loss of life and a loss of a loved one to a family,....my mum once taught me a simple rule 'If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all' perhaps you should think about that next time you open your mouth, or should I say sit behind a keyboard! Just imagine if the shoe was on the other foot; if it was your son or brother, how would you feel?
I cannot believe how insensitive some people can be! No matter what he was doing, why he was there, or who / what he was, it is still a loss of life and a loss of a loved one to a family,....my mum once taught me a simple rule 'If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all' perhaps you should think about that next time you open your mouth, or should I say sit behind a keyboard! Just imagine if the shoe was on the other foot; if it was your son or brother, how would you feel? Ryan951990
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ktwoo2010 says...

Reality-man wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Reality-man wrote:
Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won
We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt
Maybe you should aim your anger at the jobless idiots sat around a lake on a Tuesday afternoon drinking special brew and daring each other they can swim across a freezing cold lake? Hard to have sympathy for such people
Hey, you may find it "hard to have sympathy for such people." I don't know you but I have loads of sympathy for you, in fact I pity you!....... "Reality-man"??? I would really hate to be in your world.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Everyone loses, One man lost his life and the other never got the tenner he won[/p][/quote]We can all laugh when you lose someone close! Having said that I bet you are a complete loner you insensitive c*nt[/p][/quote]Maybe you should aim your anger at the jobless idiots sat around a lake on a Tuesday afternoon drinking special brew and daring each other they can swim across a freezing cold lake? Hard to have sympathy for such people[/p][/quote]Hey, you may find it "hard to have sympathy for such people." I don't know you but I have loads of sympathy for you, in fact I pity you!....... "Reality-man"??? I would really hate to be in your world. ktwoo2010
  • Score: -1

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