Tony Wilkinson: Partner of journalist Decca Aitkenhead dies in Jamaica sea son rescue bid

Youth worker dies trying to rescue his son off Jamaican coast
The Briton has been named as Tony Wilkinson (Picture: Alamy)

A British youth worker drowned in a bid to rescue one of his sons while on a family holiday in Jamaica.

Tony Wilkinson, 49, swam out to sea but got caught in a strong current and failed to make it back to shore.

The boy survived.

The incident happened on Thursday morning after the Kent family had gone for a walk along the beach in Calabash Bay on the island’s south coast.

Mr Wilkinson worked with children in and around London for Kids Company and was the partner of award-winning Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead.

Mr Wilkinson was the partner of award-winning Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and had worked with charity Kids Company since 2009.

His family said in a statement: ‘Tony Wilkinson and his partner Decca Aitkenhead were on holiday in a village on the south coast of Jamaica with their two sons, aged three and four.

‘At 8.30 on Thursday morning one of their sons was paddling in the waves and got pulled out to sea. Tony swam out and rescued him.

‘Decca swam out and brought their son to shore but the current was too strong for Tony to swim back, and despite the efforts of local fishermen who swam out to help, he drowned before they could get him back to shore.’

18 May 2014 | 6:22 pm – Source:

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