Dad-of-seven dies a hero after saving his kids’ lives in the sea as partner pays tribute.
Jonathan Stevens, 36, died trying to save three of his children when they began to struggle in the water at Barmouth beach yesterday.
A hero dad who died trying to rescue three of his children from drowning has been named.
Jonathan Stevens was with his family at Barmouth beach in Wales when they began to struggle in the water at lunchtime yesterday.
Plasterer Mr Stevens, 36, tried to pull his children – who had been caught in the rip tide – to safety.
Today, his heartbroken partner Laura Burford said Mr Stevens, from Telford, had died a hero, „saving their babies”.
In a statement to North Wales Live provided by a relative, Ms Burford, 34, who was back home in Telford when the tragedy happened, said: „I am absolutely devastated to say that I have lost the complete love of my life.
„All seven of his beautiful kids have lost their dad. He died saving his kids’ lives in the sea.
„There are no words to describe the pain. I will always be grateful to (him) for bringing our babies back.
„I love him, always have, and always will.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ms Burford, and for Mr Stevens’ children, by friend Mel Plowman.
She described Mr Stevens as a „true hero”, and said she hoped to raise money to support Mr Stevens’ loved ones.
He is believed to have been with three of his children, aged between 10 and 12, when it happened.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: „Police and the Coastguard were called at 1.58pm on Sunday to a report that a man had got into difficulty in the sea in Barmouth.
„The man was taken by air ambulance to Ysbyty Gwynedd, where he tragically died.”
A Coastguard spokesman said: „At 1.31pm HM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting people in the water off Barmouth and sent Barmouth coastguard rescue team, Barmouth RNLI lifeboat, and HM Coastguard’s fixed wing aircraft.