Tragedy as dad dies af­ter try­ing to save his chil­dren

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE fam­ily of a man who died af­ter get­ting into dif­fi­culty in wa­ter while on hol­i­day in South Wales are said to be ‘ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated’ by his death.

Jason North, 42, from Mac­cles­field, got into dif­fi­cul­ties when he went into the wa­ter on Satur­day af­ter­noon wor­ried that his two chil­dren had been swept out to sea.

Mr North is the brother in law of Robert Hart who died aged 26 af­ter be­ing punched at the 2014 Park­life mu­sic fes­ti­val. His at­tacker has never been traced.

Mr North was res­cued from the wa­ter and given CPR on the beach be­fore be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal.

His chil­dren were also taken to hos­pi­tal but were not se­ri­ously hurt. Mr North died later.

Mrs North was on the beach at Three Cliffs Bay in Gower, near Swansea, when her chil­dren got into dif­fi­cul­ties in the wa­ter.

The Hor­ton and Port Eynon in­shore lifeboat was launched and the Welsh Air Am­bu­lance called to the scene.

Mr North was taken by air am­bu­lance to Mor­ris­ton Hos­pi­tal but died later.

A num­ber of peo­ple who were on the beach as­sisted in help­ing his chil­dren from the wa­ter.

They were taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing treated with oxy­gen but they were not found to be se­ri­ously in­jured.

A spokesman for South Wales Po­lice said Mr North’s fam­ily was ‘ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated’.

Lawrie Grove, lifeboat oper­a­tions man­ager with Hor­ton and Port Eynon, said: “Our men were told a young boy was be­ing swept out at Three Cliffs.

“When we ar­rived CPR was al­ready be­ing per­formed on the man.

“There hap­pened to be doc­tors on the beach who started it be­fore the he­limed ar­rived.

“We think he had gone in to help a child who was in trou­ble.

“The boy was pulled to shore by a surfer.”

He said ‘con­di­tions were so bad’ that they had to res­cue another fa­ther and his son at the same time and also pluck a boy to safety when the young­ster be­came stranded on the rocks.

“It was an hor­ren­dous af­ter­noon,” he said.

In a trib­ute left of our face­book page, Paul Han­cock said: “RIP jase I will miss you.

“You were a good friend and a bril­liant per­son to of known for so many years. you will be missed by us all at work.

“My thoughts go out to your wife and chil­dren you are one brave man.”

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●● Jason North and his fam­ily were at the beach at Three Cliffs Bay in Gower, near Swansea

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