British man drowns rescuing son on Jamaica trip

A British youth worker drowned after swimming out to sea to rescue one of his sons while on a family holiday in Jamaica.

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'Current too strong' for Briton drowned in Jamaica

The family of Briton Tony Wilkinson, who has died while on holiday in Jamaica, released a statement describing how he rescued his young son before drowning:

Tony Wilkinson and his partner Decca Aitkenhead were on holiday in a village on the south coast of Jamaica with their two sons, aged three and four.

At 8.30 on Thursday morning one of their sons was paddling in the waves and got pulled out to sea. Tony swam out and rescued him.

Decca swam out and brought their son to shore but the current was too strong for Tony to swim back, and despite the efforts of local fishermen who swam out to help, he drowned before they could get him back to shore.

– Family statement

British man drowns rescuing son in Jamaica

Tony Wilkinson drowned after rescuing his son at Calabash Bay, south Jamaica. Credit: Google Maps

A British youth worker drowned after swimming out to sea to rescue one of his sons while on a family holiday in Jamaica.

Tony Wilkinson, 49, was caught in a strong current and did not make it back to the shore after going to the assistance of the boy, who survived.

The incident happened on Thursday morning after the family, who live in Kent, had been walking on the beach in Calabash Bay on Jamaica's south coast.

Mr Wilkinson was the partner of award-winning Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and had worked with charity Kids Company since 2009.

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