British father killed trying to rescue daughter from sea off Italian coast

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A British man has died after he attempted to rescue his daughter when she got into difficulty in the sea off the Italian coast.

The tourist had rushed into the water along with an Italian man working at the Bosco Verde beach, in Ostuni, in the Puglia region of southern Italy, according to the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The paper said the British man, 48, who had been at the beach with his family, was taken by strong currents in the sea.

Both men had reportedly been pulled from the water and given CPR by medics but they were pronounced dead.

The Coastguard rescued others who were in difficulty and said the conditions were caused by strong winds, the paper added.

Local news site Ostuni Notizie reported the girl was 11 years old and was saved.

A Foreign Office spokesman: “We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Puglia. Our staff are in contact with Italian authorities.”


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