A family vacation in Portugal turned into a tragedy when a British man died after saving his two young daughters from being swept out to sea.
Trevor Pelling, 45, rushed into the water about 2 p.m. Thursday when he saw his girls — ages 9 and 12 — struggling amid heavy currents at Calada Beach in Encarnacao, The Sun reported.
But the dad tragically suffered a cardiac arrest after pulling them to safety.
Pelling was brought back to shore by surfers, where a nurse who happened to be at the scene unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him.
First responders arrived to help, but the father of two was soon pronounced dead.
The National Maritime Authority said in a statement that Cascais Maritime Police officers and officials from the SeaWatch project were immediately sent to the location using an Amarok vehicle.
“Three volunteer firefighter ambulances from Ericeira and two emergency and reanimation medical vehicles from Torres Vedras were also mobilized,” it said.