Bid to improve safety at site of Marco death

Donna Jones

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THE site where sea hero Marco Araujo tragically drowned could soon feature new safety measures.

His family has met council bosses in a bid to make sure the accident which claimed the 33-year-old’s life could not happen again.

Mr Araujo, from Portsmouth, was last seen in the water near Tower Street on July 26, when he helped rescue two young girls from the sea.

He leapt into action after four-year-old Destiny Butcher, of Landguard Road, Eastney, and a 10-year-old girl were swept out into the water.

The two girls made it back to land, but Mr Araujo never returned despite an extensive search.

Now there have been calls for life jackets, extra signs and more supervision near the sea where the tragedy took place.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We met the family and agreed to do a full safety audit. It is so easy to make knee-jerk reactions and say “we need to do this” without making sure it is definitely the right thing.

‘Marco’s family are concerned that this could never happen again. But one issue is for parents to do everything they can to make sure their children are not put at risk.’

And following a flood of donations which helped pay for his funeral, Mr Araujo’s partner Tracey Hall sent a letter to The News thanking readers for their generosity.

In it she wrote: ‘We would like to thank everyone who donated money so that Marco’s family were able to get from Portugal to England for his service.

‘Money left over will go to the RNLI and the Stroke Association, Many thanks to everyone from all his family. God bless you all.’