David Cole Wiki – David Cole Biography
David Cole, 30, was rowing with the boy when they were dragged away from the beach in West Mersea, Essex. His desperate efforts to keep his son’s head above water before help arrived saved the boy’s life. But he was unconscious when they brought him ashore and never came to. Essex area coroner Michelle Brown recorded the roofer died as a result of an accident after becoming “exhausted” during the rescue. At yesterday’s brief hearing he was told that emergency services tried to revive him and administered adrenaline to no avail. Cole’s partner Katie McDonald, 27, paid tribute to him after the June 11 tragedy, saying: “Dave was incredible. He was the best father ever.
“He was like a big kid too. The only thing he ever wanted to do with the kids was have fun and make everything fun for the kids.” Describing how he worked “so hard” at his job to “give us everything he could,” she added: “He’s just a hero, a hero in the sense that he put his son before himself and saved his life.” The couple, from Hertford in Hertfordshire, were visiting the coast for a family day out when Cole died. McDonald, who was on the beach with her one-year-old son, could only watch as people ran to help. A rower and two lifeguards reached the struggling father and son first, with a team from Southend RNLI arriving minutes later. East of England Ambulance Service and Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance also attended and Mr Cole was airlifted to Colchester Hospital.
David Cole was 30 years old.
Cause of Death
Describing the horrific scene, he said: “Not being able to do anything, feeling helpless, it was difficult, it was horrible. “At one point, David was right in front of me with the water only around his waist. But then, in an instant, a high tide swept him out to sea and he got into a lot of trouble. “The lifeboat crew were very good at splitting between being with my partner and trying to resuscitate him and then looking after my three-year-old son. “It could have been my three-year-old son who drowned too if he didn’t go for them.” During the formal opening of the inquest earlier this month, the coroner said resuscitation did not stop until he arrived at hospital.
He added: “The police have confirmed that they are satisfied there was no third party involvement.” A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death to be drowning. An online fundraising page started by Mrs McDonald to benefit the RNLI and Colchester Hospital has received more than £7,400 in donations. Among the contributors was one who wrote online: “Dave was a kind-hearted person who adored Katie [and the children]. “He always offered to help us with anything and he made us laugh regularly. He will be sadly missed.’ Rick Boreham, volunteer lifeboat operations manager at West Mersea RNLI, said the crew were “incredibly grateful”. He added: “Katie is cordially invited to visit the station at any time.” The RNLI has warned that rip currents can reach up to 5mph.