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A "hero" father-of-seven has died after rescuing his children when they got into difficulty in the sea.

Jonathan Stevens, 36, died in the incident in Barmouth, northwest Wales on Sunday afternoon, with his partner Laura Burford saying: "I owe this man everything bringing our babies back."

The plasterer was reportedly caught in a rip tide as he attempted to pull two of his children to safety.

Image: Emergency services were called to Barmouth beach on Sunday afternoon

Police and the coastguard were called just before 2pm.

Mr Stevens, from Telford in Shropshire, was recovered from the water and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital by air ambulance, where he later died.

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His partner Laura, who was at home when the incident happened, paid tribute.

She said: "Words can't explain how we're all feeling, not only me and our kids but his other kids and his family.

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"I owe this man everything bringing our babies back, just so sad that we have all lost him but I know he wouldn't have died any other way than giving his last breath to make sure his kids were safe."

Caption: Emergency services at Barmouth beach in Gwynedd, north Wales, on August 2, 2020
Image: Mr Stevens was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospitalRead More – Source