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A holidaymaker drowned in Sussex saving a child who'd drifted out to sea on an inflatable. The Brighton lifeboat was also called to the rescue of three separate groups of youngsters on inflatables swept out to sea. Tom Savvides reports.
Police say the man who tried to save two children from the sea drowned during his rescue attempt. A Sussex Police spokesman said: "On Saturday 26th May a tragic incident occurred on West Wittering beach whereby a 25-year-old man accidentally drowned.
"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."
The spokesman added that the man was not related to the children.
Solent Coastguard says the man who died on the beach in West Sussex had been trying to rescue two children who had got into difficulties in the sea.
The incident happened on the West Wittering estate near Chichester at about 12.45pm yesterday. A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: "A man was pulled from the water on the
West Wittering estate after he had tried to help two children.
"Their mother was understandably upset that this man had had this accident when he tried to help them."
A man has died after he got into difficulties while helping a child in an inflatable ring off the coast of West Sussex.
Coastguard rescue teams pulled the man from the water off West Wittering Beach and administered CPR but he sadly passed away.
In a separate incident a man is in a serious condition in hospital after getting into difficulties in the water at Brighton beach.
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Sussex Police have said the death of a man who rescued a child adrift on an inflatable at West Wittering beach was a 'tragic accident'.