‘Hero’ father dies after rescuing children caught in riptide at Welsh beach | UK News

Tributes have been paid to a father who died after rescuing children caught in a riptide at a beach in Wales.

Hywel Morgan, 47, helped rescue a group of children who got into difficulty in the water at Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, in Pembrokeshire.

Dyfed-Powys Pigs said an air ambulance was called to the scene at around 8.40pm on Friday.

A force spokesperson said: “Tragically, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, local man Hywel Morgan died after being recovered from the sea.”

Two children were taken to hospital for checks after the incident.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Morgan who was described as a “devoted and loving father”.

In a statement, his family said: “Hyw was a hero. Despite our pain and grief, it gives us comfort that he selflessly tried to prevent others from losing their lives.

“Hyw was a selfless individual who always gave up his time for others. He was a devoted and loving father and was loved and respect by all who knew him.

“As a family, we would now like time to grieve and would ask for privacy in which to do so.”

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