Tragedy as dad dies after trying to save his children
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.”
●● Jason North and his family were at the beach at Three Cliffs Bay in Gower, near Swansea
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