Man, 22, died rescuing suicidal pal from sea despite not being able to swim

A HERO chippy worker died trying to rescue a suicidal female pal from the sea despite being unable to swim, an inquest heard yesterday.

Alex Gibson, 22, was found face down off the coast of Blackpool, Lancs.

He had been on a night out when the woman, 18, called him last July, saying she wanted to end her life.

The woman, who has a history of mental health problems, told the Blackpool inquest she managed to swim to shore.

Alex was found at 5.06am and died in hospital.

A post mortem showed he had more than twice the legal alcohol driving limit.

Pathologist Sudoba Weerasinghe said cause of death was drowning, contributed to by alcohol use.

Coroner Alan Wilson said: “Knowing he could not swim, he bravely got in the water and tried to help her.”

Verdict: Death by misadventure.

You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
  • Movember, www.uk.movember.com
  • Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm

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