Inquest for hero who died saving drowning child

An inquest is due to be held today into the death of a man who drowned trying to rescue a young girl from London as she was being swept out to sea.

Plamen Petkov, 32, entered the water at West Wittering, Sussex, after the five-year-old was being carried away by the tide.

The Bulgarian managed to reach the girl and pass her to a woman who brought her back to her family on the shore in May.

But Mr Petkov, of Westmoreland Drive, Sutton, failed to reach dry land himself and he was recovered unconscious from the water by others at the scene.

A post-mortem examination at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester confirmed he died from drowning.