Gymgoer drowns while swimming at Bawsey Pits just two days after 22nd birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:50 11 August 2020 | UPDATED: 09:49 14 August 2020

Kristers Bednarskis drowned at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King�s Lynn on Saturday, August 8 � just days after his 22nd birthday. Picture: Ian Burt Photography/GoFundMe

Kristers Bednarskis drowned at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King�s Lynn on Saturday, August 8 � just days after his 22nd birthday. Picture: Ian Burt Photography/GoFundMe

Ian Burt Photography/GoFundMe

A Cambridgeshire gymgoer drowned while swimming at the popular Norfolk beauty spot Bawsey Pits – just two days after his 22nd birthday

Kristers Bednarskis with friends. Picture: GoFundMeKristers Bednarskis with friends. Picture: GoFundMe

Kristers ‘Kris’ Bednarskis’ body was pulled from the county park lake near King’s Lynn on Saturday (August 8) following a search by firefighters in boats.

The amateur powerlifter from Peterborough was swimming when he reportedly got into difficulty at around 11.30am.

Close friend Ilja Jevtusenko was there at the time and has launched a crowdfunding page in a bid to cover his friend’s funeral costs.

Kristers Bednarskis drowned at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn. Picture: GoFundMeKristers Bednarskis drowned at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn. Picture: GoFundMe

He said: “Me and his family have decided to try and raise money to cover his funeral costs and hope to raise enough to get him a nice headstone too.

“Kristers was an amazing friend to everyone, everyone that knows him will know he was the hardest working, kindest and nicest guy!

“He was an amazing friend, brother and son. Had big things going for him. He was there for everyone that needed help now it’s time to help him and his family.

The search for Kristers Bednarskis at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt PhotographyThe search for Kristers Bednarskis at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt Photography

“Let’s raise some money for him and his family, to help them financially and not leave them in debt.

“One day we will all need help. Thank you for any donations made however small and big it is.”

Saturday’s tragedy was the third death to happen at Bawsey in a decade.

Kristers often checked into gyms in Peterborough. Picture:GoFundMeKristers often checked into gyms in Peterborough. Picture:GoFundMe

A 41-year-old man from King’s Lynn and a 16-year-old boy from London drowned on the same day in July 2013.

In a statement on social media the owners and staff of the park offered their condolences to Kris’ family and friends.

They said: “The loss of this young man’s life is a tragedy which we hope with all our hearts will never be repeated.

The search for Kristers Bednarskis at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt PhotographyThe search for Kristers Bednarskis at Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt Photography

“We remain committed to improving the park and promoting its safe usage so that it can remain a beautiful natural site for local people to use safely and enjoy for many years to come, but we need our visitors to help us.

“We reiterate our plea for visitors to abide by the park rules and please stay out of the water so that no future tragedies occur.”

Safety signage was increased after businessman Stephen Bacon took over to former gravel workings in 2018, pledging to turn them into a family-friendly country park.


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