A British tourist has drowned while swimming on a family holiday in Italy.
Brian Kent, 46, is said to have been dragged under the water by strong currents when he went for a dip in the sea after lunch in the coastal town of Sperlonga.
He reportedly died minutes after jumping into the water with his wife and other family members.
The Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to Mr Kent's family. A spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national and are providing consular assistance to his family."
An employee at the Hotel Aurora in Sperlonga said Mr Kent's two sons pulled his wife - named in reports as Sally - from the rough sea but were unable to save their father who was already unconscious when they reached him.
The woman, who did not give her name, said she had been at work when a number of panicked tourists rushed into the hotel overlooking the beach.
"I was in the reception when people burst in to call for help," she said. "They said someone was in trouble in the water and we called an ambulance immediately. I went outside and could see the man in the water. One of his sons was trying to rescue him but I think it was already too late. It was very sad."
The family are believed to have been staying in Rome - about 100km (62 miles) from the seaside town - and took a day trip to Sperlonga to enjoy the coast. They went to the beach after lunch but high winds meant the sea was particularly rough.
"There were big waves and the weather was not particularly good," the hotel worker said. "They went for a swim and the man and his wife were pulled under the water.
"The two sons helped the mother out of the sea and then they went back in to bring their father out but I think he was already unconscious."