British man dies while trying to save two daughters off Portugal beach

A Briton has died trying to save his two young daughters after they got into trouble on a Portuguese beach.

The 45-year-old had tried to help his girls aged nine and twelve when he got into trouble himself.

Rescuers tried to save the man from the surf on Calada Beach in Encarnacao, about an hour’s drive northwest of Lisbon, shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday.

But he already suffered cardiac arrest after being pulled out of the ocean by surfers, according to local reports.

Locals and a beach nurse spent nearly an hour rescuing him before he was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Portuguese daily Correio da Manha described the victim as a Dubai-born national traveling on a British passport.

His daughters are said to have got into trouble because of the strong current and were taken to the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon for a medical examination.

Lifeguard patrols on the beach are not due to begin until June 12th.

Calada Beach – Praia da Calada in Portuguese – is a long, sandy beach in the shape of a shell.

The popular surf spot is surrounded by high cliffs that protect it from strong winds.

The Mirror reached out to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for more information.

The tragedy comes on the same day Portugal was removed from the UK’s green travel list, ruining summer vacationers’ plans.

The destination has been moved to the yellow list and seven more countries have been added to the red list.

The move angered the travel industry as airline and tourism bosses beat up the government for encouraging a return to overseas travel, and then flip-flop just weeks later.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps announced the trip updates Thursday afternoon, insisting that the government’s decision be based on meeting the Jan. 21 unlock target.

Mr Shapps said the UK’s roadmap out of the lockdown is a priority, adding that officials are taking a “safety approach” due to concerns about new variants.

Public Health England today confirmed that the Indian variant has overtaken the Kent strain to become the most common variant in the UK.

The number of coronavirus cases exceeded 5,000 today as infection rates continued to rise slightly.

But nearly 40 million have now received a first dose of a Covid vaccine – just over three-quarters of the UK’s adult population.

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