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Man drowns on West Wittering beach rescuing 5yr old child
Saturday 26 May 2012 - 11am
A man has tragically drowned at West Wittering today whilst rescuing a child, police have said.
The 32-year-old had gone into the sea at around 11am to rescue the youngster in difficulty on a rubber ring. He managed to get the child to safety but it sadly resulted in him drowning.
On Saturday 26 May at 12.10pm the ambulance service informed Sussex Police of a report of an incident on West Wittering beach. A 32-year old man from Sutton, Surrey, and a Guildford woman, entered the water after a five-year old girl not known to them was being carried away from the beach by the tide. The man was able to reach the child and pass her on to the woman who was able to bring the child safely back to her family on the shore. Tragically the man was unable to reach the shore himself and was recovered unconscious from the water by others at the scene. Despite efforts by members of the public and emergency services to resuscitate the man he was pronounced dead at the scene. The family of the man have requested that their privacy is respected at this time. We hope to release his identity soon.
The girl was on the beach with her family who are from North West London. The Guildford woman was with a family group separate from those of the deceased and the child.
A Sussex Police spokesman said- "It is clear that this was a tragic accident, and there is no further police investigation. The matter is being referred to the Coroners Officer."
Police update - 29 May 2012
The man who died whilst saving a five-year old girl from the water at West Wittering beach on Saturday 26 May is named today as 32-year old Plamen Petkov, of Westmoreland Drive, Sutton, Surrey. A postmortem held today at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, found the cause of death to be drowning, and an inquest has been formally opened and adjourned.
Family tribute to Plamen Petkov
Date Added:- 30 May 2012
This is a copy of a Release, together with a family photo, that Sussex Police issued on Wednesday 30 May on behalf of the family of Plamen Petkov who died at West Wittering beach on Saturday 26 May,
We would wish to echo the comments made in an EMail sent by Pearl Whitcombe who witnessed the events following the rescue and in the statement above.
" 40 MINUTES until help arrived "
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