A coroner today hailed an "extraordinarily brave" man who drowned saving a young girl who was being swept out to sea. Bulgarian Plamen Petkov, 32, gave no thought to his own safety as he leapt into the water off West Wittering, West Sussex, on May 26, to rescue five-year-old Darleen Myint.
West Sussex Assistant Deputy Coroner Joe Turner praised Mr Petkov's actions as he was overcome with exhaustion and was tragically swept away. He recorded a verdict of accidental death. The youngster's mother, San Thidar Myint, called him a "brave and honourable man" who had not hesitated to help.
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