West Wittering beach is situated on the West Sussex coast around eight miles south of Chichester
6:33pm UK, Sunday May 27, 2012
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.
Their mother was understandably upset that this man had had this accident when he had tried to help them.
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.”
A 15-year-old was killed after jumping from a bridge into the Thames in Oxford on Friday night, prompting an alert from officers about the risks of swimming in rivers and lakes in hot weather.
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.