Alex Gibson jumped into the Irish Sea to save the stranger’s life after he spotted he had got into trouble in the water. Alex then got into difficulty himself and has tragically died.
A hero has died after he jumped into the Irish Sea to save a stranger’s life.
Alex Gibson, 22, threw himself into the water on Friday July 30 after spotting a man in trouble.
Alex entered the sea close to North Pier at around 4.20am to help the struggling man and, in turn, got in to difficultly himself
Emergency services rushed to help Alex with HM Coastguard Fleetwood, HM Coastguard Lytham, RNLI Fleetwood, RNLI Blackpool, and a Coastguard rescue helicopter all looking for the young man.
Alex was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but could not be saved.
Alex worked at C Fresh Fish and Chips in Lytham Road before he passed away, with the shop shutting for the day on Friday after hearing the awful news.
In a tribute, the business posted: “Alex was truly an amazing young man.
“All his friends would agree that he was intelligent, hardworking, pleasant, caring , and literally wouldn’t hurt a fly.
“He is a true hero, drowned sacrificing his life to help another.
“He was loved by all his work colleagues, and we miss him terribly.
“Tragically taken at 22. My heart goes out to all his family.”
Blackpool pub boss Hamish Howitt has since launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Alex’s family and help pay for funeral costs.
Hamish wrote: “The beautiful Alex Gibson, 22, a true hero sacrificed his life last night in Blackpool, rescuing a boy from the sea.
“A beautiful, caring, loving, son, brother and friend to all who knew him.
“Please help by donating for a beautiful send off for a true hero.
“First £500 will be donated by our family. God bless to all.”
As of Sunday morning, more than £3,400 had been raised in two days.
A public memorial service is now set to take place on Saturday (August 7) at North Pier to remember Alex, starting at 7pm.
Organiser Siobhan Rosie said: “This is a memorial for Alex Gibson; the kindest, bravest soul there ever was. He was loved and will continue to be loved by everyone. Give flowers, balloons and bucket hats.
“Let’s show Alex the love and how proud we are for saving a life.”