British father drowns after heart attack while snorkelling in Corfu

British father drowns after having heart attack while snorkelling on holiday in Corfu

A British father of two has drowned after having a heart attack while snorkelling in the sea on holiday in the Greek island of Corfu.

Richard Milne, 39, from Carnoustie, Angus, was enjoying a family holiday with his wife, Claire Milne, and their children, Zoe, 12, and Reuben, nine, when the tragedy happened on 1 June.

Talking to the Daily Record, Claire said: "Richie was captain sensible. I was the one who was more reckless.

"He knew about the sea. He was a keen kayaker but he made a bad decision.

"He was an amazing dad and husband."

Claire told the paper that the family had enjoyed a lunch together before Richard went swimming, and believes activity so soon after eating could have brought on his heart attack.

She added: "I never said bye to him properly, just said something like, 'See you later'." Claire said that she and the children would always remember how happy he looked at lunch.

Claire was told by hotel staff that her husband had died.

His father, John Milne, told the Daily Mail: "Richard was a good father and a doting dad. He also doted on his mother. She died of cancer 21 years ago.

"He was a clever man. While he was in the services he did a lot of studying and got two degrees.

"He sailed through life without any problems whatsoever and it is not often you can say that with kids."

Richard spent 15 years in the RAF before moving into a career in social work. He lived in Calne, Wiltshire, but his funeral will be held in his home town at Carnoustie Church on Saturday.

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