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Telford father Jonathan Stevens 'died a hero saving children'

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image captionKim Stevens said her brother Jonathan had "died a hero"
A father-of-seven "died a hero" after trying to rescue his children from the sea off a Welsh beach, his family said.
Jonathan Stevens, 36, from Telford in Shropshire, died after getting caught in a rip current off Barmouth, Gwynedd, at about 13:30 BST on Sunday.
His sister, Kim Stevens, said he had been on a day trip with his children and would "always be remembered".
North Wales Police said he had been taken by helicopter to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, but died in hospital.
image captionMr Stevens had been on a day trip to Barmouth, his sister said
Ms Stevens said her brother was "a dad to seven, an amazing son, and brother to his five sisters".
"He has died a hero for saving his kids' lives and risking his own," she said.
"He will always be remembered as an amazing man, brother, son and dad.
"We are all in bits."
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Gwynedd Council, which is responsible for the coastline, said two members of staff from its maritime service entered the sea and were able to rescue two children.
"They were then able to locate a third individual," the council said, who died after being airlifted to hospital.
It said it would be reviewing what happened.
Councillor Owain Pritchard, of Barmouth Town Council, said: "There was a tragic incident here [on Sunday] where a father sadly drowned after trying to go in to rescue his children.
"It's a very sad incident that has happened and we're still trying to come to terms with it as a community. "
A Go Fund Me page, set up to help Mr Stevens' family with any costs, has raised more than £2,200.
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