Man who died saving drowning girl receives bravery award

Plamen Petkov, who died whilst saving a young girl from drowning in West Wittering, Sussex, has been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Act of bravery awarded to man who died saving girl

A man who drowned trying to rescue a young girl as she was swept out to sea has been awarded with a bravery award from the Queen.

Plamen Petkov has received the Queen's Gallantry Medal, which is given for acts of bravery of a high order.

Petkov rescued 5-year-old Darleen Myint from the water of West Wittering beach in West Sussex on 26th May 2012.

She was being swept out to sea in very strong winds and a strong undercurrent, but Petkov leapt into the water and saved her.

Tragically, he was overcome with exhaustion and was swept away.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have written to the Bulgarian government to make them aware of the award.

Mr Petkov's mother will receive the award on his behalf at Buckingham Palace.

Plamen Petkov Credit: Sussex Police