Hero pensioner dies trying to save teenage girls from drowning

Emergency services attend the scene
Emergency services attend the scene

A pensioner has died while trying to save two teenage girls from the sea.

The 75-year-old man got into difficulties as he helped a second man rescue the teenagers in Tywyn, Gwynedd, north-west Wales, at about 4.15pm yesterday.

He was recovered unconscious from the water by RNLI crews from Aberdovey, who tried to revive him at the scene.

He was airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard rescue helicopter but later died.

The second man and the two girls were rescued and the teenagers were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Less than an hour earlier, Criccieth RNLI crew and Harlech Coastguard Rescue Team saved a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl who got into difficulties in the water further north off Harlech Castle.

Both were taken to hospital by air ambulance but their condition is not known.

The two incidents during the warm weather have sparked a warning for the public to take extra care in the sea and avoid taking risks.