A “hero” father-of-seven died while rescuing his children who got into difficulty at sea.
Jonathan Stevens, 36, was reportedly caught in a rip tide as he tried to heave two of his children to safety during the incident in Barmouth, northwest Wales on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency services were called just before 2pm and the plasterer, from Telford in Shropshire, was retrieved from the water and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital by air ambulance, where he later passed away.
In a tribute, his partner Laura, who was at home when the incident happened, said: “Words can’t explain how we are all feeling, not only me and our kids but his other kids and his family.
“I owe this man everything bringing our babies back, just so sad that we have all lost him but I know he would not have died any other way than giving his last breath to make sure his kids were safe.”
A GoFundMe page for the family, which has so far amassed more than £2,000, has been set up in dedication.
North Wales Police have confirmed that it received calls on Sunday to a report that a man had got into difficulty in the sea in Barmouth.
“The man, believed to be in his 30s, was taken by Air Ambulance to Ysbyty Gwynedd, where he tragically died,” a force spokesperson said.
“His family have been made aware.”
Mr Stevens’ sister, Farah Parsons, told Wales Online: “Joff is all our hero. My sister and her children are beside themselves as is everyone. Joff was a well loved person by everyone.”