Double tragedy as gay man drowns in pool while trying to save his partner
A man is believed to have drowned while trying to save his fiancé, who got into difficulties while swimming in their pool.
Father of three Martin Winfield, 59, and his partner, Alan Green, 75, were found floating in the pool at their home in Wichenford, Worcestershire, on July 3.
Mr Winfield, who could not swim, was thought to have leapt into the water of the eight-feet deep swimming pool after his partner got into difficulty.
Their bodies were found by Mr Winfield’s three grown-up children after he failed to turn up to work.
Mr Winfield and Mr Green – a retired businessman – had been together for three years and were due to exchange vows in August.
Mr Winfield’s daughter, Claire, said: “It’s tragic. They were so completely in love.”
“My dad drowned trying to save Alan.”
“He couldn’t swim but had been in and out of the water hundreds of times. They were completely in love and looking forward to getting married”
“It was a tragic accident. We went round to the house and found them both in the pool. It’s horrific”
“We don’t know exactly what happened but the police believe Alan may have got into some difficulties and Martin got in to save him and they both ended up drowning,” she explained.
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“My dad was my hero. He was the only man I’ve ever trusted, he was my daddy and I truly loved him very much.”
As well as Claire, he had two son’s, Steve, 37, and Paul, 33.
Since the tragic deaths, the family of the popular couple have received hundreds of messages of support by phone and through social media.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “Police were called at 5.35pm on Friday July 3 to a property in Wichenford, after the bodies of two men were found. One of the men is believed to be in his 70s and the other in his 50s.”
“The deaths are not being treated as suspicious at this time.”