Lifeguard patrols set up a year on from rescuer’s drowning at beach

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A TRIBUTE fund in memory of a man who saved a girl from drowning has raised more than £5,000.

One year after the death of Plamen Petkov a huge amount has been raised for the RNLI.

The 32-year-old lost his life at West Wittering beach on May 26, 2012, when he saved a five-year-old girl from drowning.

Family and friends of Mr Petkov, pictured, set up the Forever by the Sea fund in a bid to make beaches safer.

Gemma Nightingale, RNLI tribute funds co-ordinator, said: ‘It’s a fitting tribute that this young man’s ultimate generosity of spirit has been reflected in the generosity of all those who have donated so far.

‘Plamen’s family established the fund with the aim of assisting the RNLI in our efforts to make Britain’s beaches safer.

‘We continue to run beach safety awareness work such as Hit the Surf. We have established new lifeguard patrols in Littlehampton and Portsmouth this season. £5,000 is enough to train 10 lifeguards for the year.’