A dog owner died after diving into the sea from a boat in an attempt to rescue his pe
The 59-year-old was spotted in the water by two jet ski riders near Brightlingsea, Essex on Saturday afternoon.
The man’s son reportedly tied a rope around his father to prevent him from becoming fully submerged in the water.
Emergency services, including an air ambulance and coastguard helicopter, were scrambled to the scene and rescued him.
He was rushed to Colchester Hospital in a critical condition but declared dead several hours later.
The pet was saved by one of the jet skiers, police said.
PC Paul Rawson, from Essex Police’s marine unit, said: “The man’s son had no access to a radio. We were called by two jet ski riders who saw the man in trouble off the side of his boat.
The 59-year-old was spotted in the water by two jet ski riders near Brightlingsea, Essex
“At this time of year, the water can be much colder than you’d expect.
Cold water shock can shut your body down within a minute or two
PC Paul Rawson
“Cold water shock can shut your body down within a minute or two. You can’t breathe and your muscles stiffen so you can’t swim.
“He may have suffered a heart attack as a result of cold water shock.”
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Police later tweeted about the dangers of cold water shock and the RNLI warned it is a “leading cause of death that many people fail to appreciate”.
He was rushed to Colchester Hospital in a critical condition but declared dead several hours later
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman added: “A community first responder, two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance crew and Essex Air Ambulance were dispatched to reports of a person who had been pulled from the water.
“They treated a man who was not breathing and was taken to Colchester General Hospital by land ambulance in a critical condition.”
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “At 1.10pm Dover Coastguard Operations Centre received a 999 call reporting a person in the water near Brighlingsea, Essex.
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The RNLI warned of the effects of cold water shock
“Clacton and Walton Coastguard Rescue Teams, the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd and the Clacton RNLI Lifeboat were sent to the location, alongside Essex Police, the Air Ambulance and the East of England Ambulance Service.
“The man was recovered from the water by the Essex Police boat and taken to Brightlingsea Harbour.”
An Essex Police spokeswoman added: “A 59-year-old man got into difficulties in the water and was treated by paramedics but was sadly pronounced dead shortly before 4pm.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”