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Australia rescue death father named

A man who died after rescuing his two children from drowning in strong currents at an Australian beauty spot has been named.

Andrew Priestley, from Leicestershire, died in hospital after getting into difficulty at Burrill Beach - around 155 miles south of Sydney on Australia's east coast.

The 44-year-old, who was on holiday with his family, had gone into the water to help his two sons.

After rescuing the children, it is believed Mr Priestley may have suffered a heart attack.

Australian police said the man's children were uninjured. A report is now being prepared for the coroner.

A statement from New South Wales Police Force released yesterday said: "Emergency services were called to Burrill Beach just after midday, where they found a man unconscious.

"The 44-year-old was taken to Milton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Officers from Shoalhaven Local Area Command attended and were told the man, a British tourist, got into difficulty after attempting to rescue his two sons who were caught in a rip.

"His sons were not injured."

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that Mr Priestley had died.

He said the family, who have been offered consulate support, had been on holiday when then incident occurred.


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