A man has died rescuing a child from the English Channel.
The man saved the child from the sea off Chesil Beach in Dorset yesterday but got into difficulty himself.
He was rescued from the sea by a lifeboat crew and taken to Dorset County Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Dorset Police said the man, who has not been identified, was in his 40s and from the Enfield area of north London.
A Dorset Police spokeswoman confirmed they were called at 4.45pm to the incident.
“Police, Her Majesty’s Coastguard and paramedics attended. A man aged in his 40s and from Enfield was recovered from the water,” she said.
“He was airlifted to Dorset County Hospital but has sadly died.
“The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been notified. The man’s family have been informed.”
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: “We received a 999 call about a child in the water at West Bexington.
“A man then got into the water to rescue the child, which he did, and then got into difficulty himself.
“He was rescued from the water by the Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat and flown to the Dorset County Hospital where he died.”
The child was unhurt.