THE family of a hero who drowned at West Wittering have launched a memorial fund in his honour.
Relatives of Plamen Petkov, who died saving the life of a five-year-old girl adrift on an inflatable, want to support the RNLI in recognition of his bravery on Saturday, May 26.
The 32-year-old, from Sutton in Surrey, who was British and of Bulgarian origin, rushed to help the girl who he saved but he got into trouble and died.
As reported yesterday, he has been posthumously honoured by the Bulgarian government. His devastated family members have decided to support the RNLI and its Forever by the Sea Fund, which works to make beaches safer.
They thanked everyone for support, saying: ’Although tragic, we are touched by the fact Plamen’s heroic act has been so widely and internationally praised. We would like to direct the support of those who have been moved by Plamen’s bravery to the RNLI in their efforts to make Britain’s beaches safer.’
Donations to rnli.tributefunds.com/fund/PLAMEN+PETKOV/showFund/ or by posting a cheque to: RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ