A 61-year old British man drowned on Tuesday while trying to save his two grandsons in the sea off the island of Crete, Greece's coastguard said.
The two boys, aged 7 and 10, who were on holiday with their grandparents, had gone for a swim at Gouves in northern Crete but were at risk of being swept away by the waves.
“We tried to pull him ashore but the currents were very strong and we could not. With the help of the Coast Guard, the body of the man was finally retrieved and placed on the boat,” a local worker who rushed to the rescue operation told local media cretapost.
A Coast Guard boat rushed to the area for the rescue operation.
Their grandfather, realising they were in danger, went into the sea to get them out, fighting with waves. The two boys got out safely but the man died.