A ‘hero’ British father died yesterday trying to save his two daughters off a Portuguese beach after they got into difficulty in the sea.
Trevor Pelling, 45, a financial consultant, was trying to aid his two daughters aged 12 and nine when they got into difficulties because of the strong current at Calada Beach in Encarnacao – about an hour’s drive north-west of Lisbon.
He was already suffering cardiac arrest when he was pulled out of the ocean by surfers just after 2pm on Thursday.
Locals and a nurse who was on the beach spent nearly an hour trying to save him before he was pronounced dead.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson told MailOnline they are providing support to the British man’s family.
British father Trevor Pelling has died trying to save his two daughters off a Portuguese beach after they got into difficulty in the sea
The financial consultant was already suffering cardiac arrest when he was pulled out of the ocean by surfers
There were no lifeguards on the beach as it is early in the season and the lifeguard service starts on June 12.
Mr Pelling was a British financial specialist who was on holiday with his family and is currently based in the Middle East for work reasons.
He described himself on LinkedIn as an Abu Dhabi-based area manager at deVere Acuma, part of one of the world’s leading independent financial advisory organisations.
The British holidaymaker was trying to aid his two daughters aged 12 and nine when they got into difficulties because of the strong current.
They were later taken to Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon for a medical examination. A psychologist is assisting the grief-stricken youngsters and their mum, who has not been named.
Lifeguard patrols on the beach where the tragedy occurred are not due to begin until June 12, although qualified Navy specialists working to protect the public through the so-called ‘Seawatch’ project were mobilised after the alarm was raised.
Paulo Agostinho, Cascais Maritime Police chief whose remit covers the area where Thursday’s tragedy took place, said he was unable to confirm the name of the dead man.
He added: ‘The whole family were on the beach, the father, mother and their two daughters.
‘It was a beach that didn’t have any lifeguards on it because the lifeguard service doesn’t start till June 12.
‘The two girls got into difficulties and their father tried to save them. He managed to get them to safety but he got into difficulties himself and sadly ended up dying after being pulled out of the water by two surfers.
The tragedy happened just after 2pm on Thursday at Calada Beach in Encarnacao about an hour’s drive north-west of Lisbon
Mr Pelling was on holiday with his family and is currently based in the Middle East for work reasons
‘I don’t know if he was unable to swim or couldn’t swim well.
‘The girls were taken to Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon with their mum. My understanding is they have now been released from hospital.’
Calada Beach – Praia da Calada in Portuguese – is a long sandy beach that has the shape of a seashell.
The popular surfers’ spot is surrounded by tall cliffs which protect it from strong winds.
Portugal’s National Maritime Authority said in a statement issued late on Thursday: ‘A man aged 45 died today at Calada Beach, an unguarded beach in the district of Mafra, as he was trying to help his two young daughters aged 12 and nine when they got into difficulties in the water.
‘The alert was received at 2.40pm through the District Operational Command Assist Centre in Lisbon.
‘Cascais Maritime Police officers and officials from the “SeaWatch” project were immediately sent to the location using an Amarok vehicle.
‘Three volunteer firefighter ambulances from Ericeira and two emergency and reanimation medical vehicles from Torres Vedras were also mobilised.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said that they are providing support to the British man’s family
Trevor Pelling, 45, died trying to save his two daughters off a Portuguese beach after they got into difficulty in the sea. He is pictured with a woman believe to be is wife and his three children
‘Upon arrival at the site they found a man had been pulled out of the water by two surfers, he had gone into cardiac arrest and a nurse who was at the scene had begun to perform life-saving techniques which were then continued by the firefighters.
‘Despite their attempts to resuscitate him, it was not possible to reverse the situation and he was declared dead at the scene.
‘The body of the dead man, who was of foreign nationality, was later transported by the volunteer firefighters to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Torres Vedras.
‘The two children were taken by ambulance to Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital, in a stable situation, accompanied by their mother.
‘A Maritime Police psychologist is providing support to the dead man’s relatives and one of the surfers who pulled him out of the water.’
A source close to the case added: ‘The family were on holiday here but I don’t know if they were staying near the beach or further afield.
‘They had driven to the beach where the tragedy occurred and the car was left there while the daughters went to hospital.’
A routine police investigation into the incident is understood to be underway. It was not immediately clear today if the post-mortem has already taken place.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said: ‘We are providing support to the family of a British man who has sadly drowned in Portugal. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.’