The family of a 47-year-old man who tragically died whilst helping rescue children caught in a riptide on a Ceredigion beach have paid tribute to the their ‘hero’.
Dyfed-Powys Police were called to Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, at around 8.40pm on Friday, 10 June, by air ambulance who reported that a number of people had been caught in a riptide.
Tragically, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, 47-year-old local man Hywel Morgan died after being recovered from the sea.
It is understood Hywel, who was known affectionately as Hyw by family and friends, had helped to rescue a group of children who had got into difficulty in the water.
Loved ones have issued a short tribute to the “devoted and loving father”.
His family this evening said: “Hyw was a hero.
“Despite our pain and grief, it gives us comfort that he selflessly tried to prevent others from losing their lives.
“Hyw was a selfless individual who always gave up his time for others.
“He was a devoted and loving father and was loved and respect by all who knew him.
“As a family, we would now like time to grieve and would ask for privacy in which to do so.”
Two children were taken to hospital to be checked over following the incident.
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