From: Biniam Tekle (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jul 20 2011 - 22:31:56 EDT
Man drowns after rescuing another
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Local News -- 20 July 2011 -- 20:05CEST
A 31-year-old Eritrean man drowned after he helped rescue a young Frenchman
who found himself to be in difficulty while swimming in Paradise Bay this
The 23-year-old Frenchman had jumped into the rough seas but soon found
himself to be in difficulty, prompting the Eritrean national and a
20-year-old French man to jump in to rescue him.
They successfully brought him to shore, only to end up dragged back to the
waters by a wave.
The police and the Armed Forces of Malta were alerted at around 1715h, and
the army dispatched a rescue helicopter and a patrol boat to the site. An
ambulance was also dispatched.
The Eritrean man, a St Paul’s Bay resident, was found lying face down in
water at around 1800h by AFM rescue swimmers. He was winch-hoisted aboard
the helicopter and rushed to Mater Dei Hospital, but efforts to save his
life were unsuccessful.
The Frenchman was spotted by the patrol boat at around 1850h, and
subsequently rescued and conveyed to the waiting ambulance. He was also
taken to Mater Dei Hospital, suffering from severe fatigue.
The man they rescued sustained abrasions against the rocks as he was taken
to shore, and was also hospitalised for treatment.
Earlier in the afternoon, in Buġibba, 2 women out at sea on inflatable beach
mattresses ended up drifting out to sea, and found themselves unable to
return to shore.
They were spotted waving for help and the police and the AFM dispatched
assets to the spot, but a local beach cleaner, Mario Grima, managed to
rescue them himself by the time they arrived.
Mr Grima noted that they hadn’t been the first to find themselves in similar
difficulties during the day.
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