British dad dies on Australia holiday while trying to rescue sons in riptide

Ceri Roberts

A British man has died on holiday near Sydney, Australia while trying to help his two sons when they got caught in a riptide at Burrill Beach, near the port of Ulladulla, south of the capital.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 46-year-old man drowned at around midday on Friday. He was with his family on the beach, and got into trouble when he entered the surf to help out his two sons, who were having difficulties.

Other beachgoers helped to rescue the boys, but the father was found floating face down in the water. He was given CPR until police and paramedics arrived, but attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at Milton Hospital.

According to ABC News the man, who has not yet been named, suffered a heart attack while in the water.

This is the second drowning on the beach within weeks: a Filipino national drowned on the beach in December, according to the Ulladulla Times.

Burrill Beach is popular with holidaymakers, but can be hazardous due to the strong undercurrents, known as 'rips', around the headland.

The man's family have been offered counselling and police are preparing a report for the coroner.

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