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Man Drowns Rescuing Two Children In Sea
A man has drowned after rescuing two children playing in the sea at West Wittering Beach in West Sussex.
The 25-year-old went to the aid of the children who got into difficulty after playing with a rubber ring in the sea on Saturday.
Officers said the man - who was not related to the children - managed to get them to safety during the incident, which took place around midday.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: "The male went to the assistance of two children playing in a rubber ring some five metres from the shoreline.
"He managed to get the children to safety but in doing so put himself in danger which sadly resulted in him drowning."
A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: "Their mother was understandably upset that this man had had this accident when he had tried to help them."
He said that an ambulance crew were the first to the scene and a coastguard operation was not launched.
A number of other water-related deaths during the spell of good weather have led to police warnings over the dangers of cooling off in open water.
The body of a 21-year-old man was found on Sunday morning in Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes, after he went missing while swimming the day before.
Detective Sergeant Ian Jarvis, the officer in charge of the case, said: "While it might be tempting to swim in lakes and rivers during this hot weather, there are hidden dangers under the water and so we would advise against doing so."
In further incidents, Nicholas Smith, 23, died after getting into difficulty while swimming near a waterfall in Linn Park, Glasgow, and a 22-year-old died while swimming at a disused quarry at Ballykelly, County Kildare, in Ireland. Hussain Mohammed, 15, drowned after jumping into the Thames at Oxford on Friday.
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what do you think?
When will parents learn that these blow up beach toys, such as rings and boats are so dangerous, they can get carried away so quickly with the tides and winds, they should never be unsupervised and be watched at all times, another case sadly where because of ignorance a young man has had to pay with his own life, no lessons seem to be learned from these tragedies, heart goes out to his family, so sad.
Totally agree with you Mary, the danger of inflatable rings etc used in the sea are well documented it's just comman sense , but like you say lessons don't seem to be learn't and a brave young man has lost his life. It's all well the mother being sorry this has happened but my dad had a saying "sorry be dammned it's happened now" and that's how I would feel if i was the young mans family. A tragic waste of life because of someone else's stupidity, sorry if this sounds harsh.
What a wonderful man........ BUT, where the hell were the parents? RIP brave man
Well said both Louise and Mary, my sentiments exactly.
Presumably the parents were on the beach?
So tragic, my thoughts are with this brave mans family
The word hero is much overused these days. Not i think in this case. What a shame he had to pay the heaviest price. The world needs more people like him not less.
Where we're the childrens parents weren't they supposed to keep an eye on their kids????
Sadly it's not that easy - very easy to get caught by the water current. Just not a good idea to be using inflatables/rubber rings in the sea. Very sad.
Poor guy. Worthy of hero status.
Very sad story, RIP to this brave man and and condolences to his family. I heard somewhere that is extremely harder to swim in waterfilled disused quarrys. Can anyone verify this?
This is a tragic story a caring young man trying to help some troubled kids and sadly put his own life in danger which resulted in him losing his life. Thoughts n wishes with the mans family.
brave man I would love to think id do the same R I P and my thoughts and wishes to his family was there no one elses there to help him
Ban leisure swimming and this kind of accident won't happen
parents obviously not giving a hoot what their kids were doing. So sad about the man
You cant say that about the parents.dont judge. brave young man who saved them.he will always be in their hearts.
Poor bloke he died a hero muxh Respect for you R.I.P