‘Hero’ dad rescued children from sea to safety shortly before his tragic death

A hero dad died rescuing two of his seven children who got caught in a deadly rip tide at sea.

Jonathan Stevens, 36, was enjoying a day at the beach with his family when two of his children got into difficulty in the water.

The brave plasterer managed to pull his children to safety after they got caught in the current at the popular Barmouth Beach in Snowdonia, Wales.

The family, from Telford, Shropshire, were enjoying a day trip on August 2 when disaster struck and Mr Stevens tragically died, North Wales Live reports.

His partner Laura Burford, who was at home when the incident happened, said she was absolutely devastated to have lost “the love of her life” who died saving their “babies.”

The heartbroken mum expressed her grief soon after the incident in a statement provided by a relative to North Wales Live.

In the statement, Ms Burford said: “I am absolutely devastated to say that I have lost the complete love of my life.

“All seven of his beautiful kids have lost their dad. He died saving his kids’ lives in the sea.

“There are no words to describe the pain. I will always be grateful to [him] for bringing our babies back. I love him, always have, and always will.”

An inquest into Mr Stevens’ death heard how the heroic dad was found unresponsive in the water and airlifted to hospital.

The Coastguard was called at around 1.30pm to reports of people in the water in Barmouth.

Mr Stevens was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3pm.

Tributes poured in for Mr Stevens after the news of his death.

Family and friends launched a GoFundMe page for his wife and children, describing him as “a true hero.”

The inquest, held in Caernarfon, was adjourned pending the outcome of the investigation.