Poignant tribute after sea tragedy

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THE family of a man who drowned rescuing a girl at sea have decided to support the RNLI in his memory.

The funeral of Plamen Petkov, 32, took place on Tuesday following the tragedy in West Wittering on May 26.

As previously reported in The News, the Bulgarian drowned after managing to pull the five-year-old from the water after the rubber ring she was in got dragged out to sea.

Mr Petkov, from Sutton, near London, passed the girl to a woman but got dragged under himself.

His devastated loved ones have since called for better safety measures on beaches.

Following the funeral, a statement from the family said: ‘In order to honour his memory and recognise his heroic and selfless act, Plamen’s family have decided to support the RNLI and its Forever by the Sea Fund, supporting the charity’s work to provide first class service to make Britain’s beaches safer.’

Donations can be made at rnli.tributefunds.com/fund/PLAMEN+PETKOV/showFund/