Tributes to father killed in Machynlleth river rescue

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The family were staying at a campsite close to the river

A father who died while trying to rescue his daughter from a river in Powys, has been named.

Philip Jack, 45, got into difficulty while helping his child to safety at a campsite in Pantperthog, Machynlleth at 17.45 BST on Saturday.

The former county swimmer and father-of-two, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, was expecting a third child with his partner next month.

His family paid tribute to his courage, saying they were "very proud" of him.

Mr Jack was staying at Llwyngwern Farm Camping and Caravan site with his two daughters.

It is thought he drowned after he went into the river to help his daughter who had got into difficulty after she had herself gone in after the family's pet dog. The dog and his daughter managed to reach safety.

In a statement released through police his family said: "He was a wonderful father, partner, son and best friend. We are all very proud of him and love him very much.

"We were, as a family, looking forward to the arrival of our new baby next month."

Emergency services were called to the campsite on Saturday afternoon.

'Terrible tragedy'

In a statement Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Mr Jack got into difficulties in rescuing his daughter and despite exhaustive efforts by members of the public and emergency service personnel in attendance he did not regain consciousness.

Inspector Diane Davies said: "This is a terrible tragedy and my heartfelt sympathies go to Mr Jack's family as well as individuals who witnessed the incident and valiantly tried to save him."

Mr Jack's death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed. A post-mortem examination will take place to confirm cause of death, police said.

Camp site owner Ralph Beaumont told BBC Wales said Mr Jack was sitting outside his tent on the bank when he saw his daughter in trouble.

The man "rushed down and dived in after her" and "obviously got into difficulty in the water", Mr Beaumont added.

Other people staying on the site made every effort to resuscitate the man.

Eyewitnesses said the man had lost consiousness when he was eventually dragged ashore.

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