Lee Westwood saves man from drowning while vacationing in Barbados
Golfer Lee Westwood is being hailed as a life-saver by the man he pulled from the Atlantic Ocean last week in Barbados.
Westwood was vacationing with his wife Laurae on the Caribbean island last week when he reacted to cries of help from the water. That’s when the 41-year-old English golfer came to the assistance of a man named Colin Davies, who had been overcome by the waves in the ocean and was having difficulty swimming.
Saying it was “foolhardy and stupid” to enter the ocean given he has Parkinson’s disease, Davies, a 41-year-old self-made millionaire from Staffordshire, England, was pulled out of the water by Westwood before it was too late.
Davies’ recollection of the frightening experience, via the Birmingham Mail:
“As soon as I entered I realised I was in trouble. My legs wouldn’t move, and my wife Linda was out of earshot.
“By the panic that affects a man when faced with the end of his days I found enough strength to try to reach the beach, I became frightened and called out for help.
“The family next to us on the beach heard my cry and within a second a muscular male grabbed me and, with tremendous but gentle care, got me back to my lounge bed.
“I was so shocked by the whole affair that I didn’t convey my heartfelt thanks to the Samaritan who had rescued me.
“My wife returned to our part of the beach, packed up the stuff and headed for the room. A man some way from the incident asked me if I knew the man who had helped me? Still in a mild shock, I replied no.
“The beach Samaritan was Lee Westwood.”
Davies apparently tried to seek out Westwood on the beach in the following days, but it was too late, as Westwood had returned to his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. ahead of his participation in the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic next week.
“If there is a power looking over us, I hope he takes note and delivers three majors to this kind and gentle human being,” Davies said, via The Telegraph.
That’s an especially thoughtful sentiment, given that Westwood often is referred to as the best golfer to have never won a major.
When reached for comment about the incident, Westwood attempted to downplay any notion that he deserved any praise for his courageous act, joking that it wasn’t some kind of Hasselhoffian act of beach heroics.
“Don’t get any red shorts, running down the beach, Baywatch images in your head! The gentleman was struggling to get back up on to the beach and I was only too happy to help,” Westwood told Telegraph Sport.
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