A BLACON couple tried desperately to save a man they found hanging in Delamere Forest.
Peter Hodgson, 46, was joined by other walkers who tried to lift the man - a former Merseyside policeman - who had a rope around his neck.
They were eventually able to cut through the rope with a saw but were unable to resuscitate the man.
Mr Hodgson explained that he and his girlfriend had decided to spend the day together walking in Delamere Forest.
Mr Hodgson said: 'We saw the gentleman as we were walking around. He was carrying a rope, but at the time we thought nothing of it. A while later my girlfriend started to get worried about what we had seen.
'We decided to walk past where we had last seen him on our way back to the car. The next thing I knew my girl-friend was screaming hysterically as the guy was swinging from a rope.
'As she ran to the road, which was 20 minutes away, I tried to lift him to loosen the noose around his neck. He was still alive at that point and I
was desperately trying to lift him.
'He weighed so much I couldn't do it myself. He had brought step ladders with him and I used them but to no avail.
'Eventually another man arrived with his dog but even together we
couldn't lift him, a third and then a fourth man arrived. One had a saw in his car.
'He wasn't breathing when we managed to get him cut down and we tried to resuscitate him but he was gone.'
Mr Hodgson added: 'My girlfriend and I have not been able to sleep at all. Tuesday was the one time I left my
mobile at home. And I keep thinking we should have gone to check earlier.
'You can't help beating yourself up about it. I just wish I could have done more. I keep seeing his face. My thoughts are with his family.'
The Wirral man has been identified as Alan Boscoe, a former Merseyside police officer from Bebington.