Dad drowned after ‘fearsome’ riptide pulled him out to sea

A 47-year-old dad of 1 drowned after getting caught in a riptide at a Welsh seashore whereas on vacation with family and friends. RAF Sgt Stephen Anthony Hulsmeier, 47, and his good friend’s 12-year-old daughter each obtained caught within the present.

The daddy-of-one had been having fun with a day at Porth Neigwl seashore – recognized to some as ‘Hell’s Mouth’ – close to Pwllheli in Gwynedd, together with his spouse, Becky, their teenage son, and two different households when tragedy struck on August 6, 2021. An inquest held in Caernarfon heard Sgt Hulsmeier and the 12-year-old daughter of one in every of his associates had been pulled out to sea by a robust present when the duo started to wrestle within the uneven waters.

On the time, RAF Brize Norton shared the {photograph} above of Sgt Huglsmeier – generally known as Hulzi to his many associates – and stated he was a preferred plane engineer and through his 23 years’ service he labored on many squadrons and stations, together with Coltishall, Coningsby, Leuchars, Cosford and extra not too long ago Brize Norton.

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The courtroom heard from Christopher Brown, who raised the alarm after recognizing the pair meters away from the shore. Mr Brown, who described himself as Sgt Hulsmeier’s “lifelong best friend”, stated he had been supervising the kids within the water when he realised the 2 had disappeared from the shallow waters that they had been paddling in beforehand.

Mr Brown stated the pair seemed “obviously terrified” as he swam in direction of them. He stated they had been roughly 40 meters out to sea, and “visibly struggling in the deep water,” however ultimately Mr Brown managed to achieve the woman and take her to security.

He then returned to the ocean, the place Sgt Hulsmeier was struggling to remain afloat because of the “fearsome” present. He stated: “There was very little mercy from the sea, I could see he was going under the water.

“He was crying out and screaming for assist. I managed to get him to carry on to my ankle for about 20 seconds however we had been each pushed beneath some relentless waves and after I surfaced he was once more some meters away.”

A Coastguard helicopter touches down on Porth Neigwl beach (Hell's Mouth) as holidaymakers look on
A Coastguard helicopter touches down on Porth Neigwl seashore (Hell’s Mouth) as holidaymakers look on

Fully exhausted, Mr Brown realised he could not attain his good friend, and turned to the shore for assist. He stated: “I continued to shout and Steve to tell him to keep fighting and stay with me, I could hear him screaming and behind me.”

Mr Brown collapsed as he arrived on the seashore and was instructed Sgt Hulsmeier was being carried out of the water. The inquest heard a group together with the coastguard, police and paramedics in addition to members of the general public pulled him from the ocean and started CPR.

They tried for 2 hours to revive the father-of-one, however he was sadly pronounced lifeless at 4.03pm. His spouse Becky, has since paid tribute to her husband, a preferred plane engineer who had served within the RAF for 23 years.

Following their tragic loss, Sgt Hulsmeier’s household have questioned the security measures on the Porth Neigwl seashore, which is managed by Gwynedd Council. In an announcement learn on the inquest, spouse Becky stated: “This is a beach we have been to a number of times in previous years and lifeguards have never been in attendance.

She continued: “It’s my perception that had there been lifeguards or clearer indicators, this will likely have prevented my husbands loss of life.” The inquest heard from Barry Davies, Maritime Services Manager for Gwynedd Council, who said “rigorous periodic danger assessments” are carried out to ensure public safety.

Mr Davies said that while between 35 and 40 wardens are employed by the council in peak seasons, they are not lifeguards and are allocated to beaches depending on the level of activity at each beach. On the day of the incident, a warden had not been allocated to Hell’s Mouth beach, as it is considered a naturally occurring beach and is not one of the county’s blue flag tourist beaches.

He told the court that Sgt Hulsmeier’s death was the first of its kind on Hell’s Mouth beach since he took up the position in 1996. Tearfully addressing the family, he said: “We really feel for you, and this has deeply affected all of us, we have now all been affected by this tragic case.”

A postmortem conducted by Dr Muhammad Aslam at Glan Clwyd Hospital gave a cause of death of drowning. Assistant Coroner for North West Wales, Sarah Riley, recorded an inquest conclusion of misadventure.

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