Heroic Act

Even though Barry Weir cannot swim he plunged into the freezing cold sea to drag out a drowning man.

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Barry Weir appeared in the local newspaper after risking his own life to try and rescue a drowning man from the sea.

He was walking along the coast at Sandbanks when he noticed a fully-clothed man struggling in the waves.

The Daily Echo newspaper told how Barry decided he couldn’t wait for the Coastguard and ran into the freezing cold sea battling four feet tall waves to drag the man to the beach.

Even though Barry can’t swim, he didn’t give a second thought to risking his own life to try and save the drowning man.

Barry got the man to shore and put him in the recovery position but despite his heroic act the man sadly died.

A GRANDFATHER has told of the moment he plunged into icy four foot waves in a bid to rescue someone from the sea.

Retired businessman Barry Weir spotted a man “playing in the surf” fully dressed in a black suit, while he was walking with his wife on the promenade on Monday.

He called the coastguard, but when he saw the figure roll over and lie face down in the water he didn’t hesitate.

Despite the distance and they fact he was not a strong swimmer, the 59-year-old stripped off and plunged into the freezing water.

“There was no one else there,” he told the Echo. “I’m not a good swimmer at all.When I got out there and four foot waves were crashing over me the question of “what am I doing here?” did come into my head, but he wasn’t that far away, and there was a break in the waves so I went for it.”

Barry, from Canford Cliffs, managed to pull the man back to the shore and up the beach. He put him in the recovery position and others who had raced to meet him performed CPR. “There was no one else there,” he told the Echo. “I’m not a good swimmer at all. When I got out there and four foot waves were crashing over me the question of “what am I doing here?” did come into my head, but he wasn’t that far away, and there was a break in the waves so I went for it.”

Barry, from Canford Cliffs, managed to pull the man back to the shore and up the beach. He put him in the recovery position and others who had raced to meet him performed CPR.By that point he was so cold he was struggling to breathe. When paramedics took his temperature it was just 20 degrees.

The father of three and grandfather of one said: “It’s a pity I couldn’t get to him in time. But would I do it again – yes definitely.

“It was just second nature really,” he added. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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