Heroic Brit, 61, drowns while saving two young grandsons on holiday in Crete

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A heroic British granddad has reportedly drowned off the coast of Crete trying to save his two grandsons while they were swimming on holiday.

The 61-year-old jumped into the water when the boys, aged seven and 10, got into trouble while swimming on holiday near the Greek island, Mail Online reports.

The tragic hero soon became trapped against rocks by strong currents, but he was able to push the lads up the shore to a lifeguard and other bystanders.

They threw down a circular lifebuoy and ropes to haul the boys to safety but their grandfather could not be saved.

A witness who worked nearby and rushed to rescue the man told local news site Cretapost: "We were trying to pull him out but the currents were too strong and we couldn't.

"With the help of the coastguard, the man's body was eventually retrieved and taken to the boat."

Another witness told local broadcaster Crete TV: "At least the grandfather managed to see his grandchildren safe on land."

The victim reportedly fell back into the water after seeing his second grandson was safe, losing his strength.

Heartbreaking footage shows a man in swimming trunks with a rope in his hand jumping from the coast guard speedboat and swimming in the choppy waters.

Eventually the rescue team were able to free the man's body from the waves and rushed him ashore to a waiting ambulance.

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An ambulance was waiting at the shore but the grandfather was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two young boys were in shock but not physically harmed and were taken to a nearby hospital.

The Briton had been on holiday with his wife and daughter, who is the children's mother. He was minding the boys when they went for a swim off the coastal village of Gouves on the north of the Greek island on Tuesday afternoon.

The Foreign Office has been contacted for comment.

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