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Dad dies saving little girl

What Happened
Body recovered
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Causal Factors
Inexperienced for the environment
Injury Details
Accident suspected

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Description of Incident
A FATHER died after rescuing his daughter from a mid Wales river at the weekend. Philip Jack from Birkenhead had jumped into the river Dulas next to the Llwyngwern Farm holiday park at Pantperthog near Machynlleth on Saturday afternoon after his six-year-old daughter got into difficulties. But after passing the girl to others on the bank the 45-year-old got into difficulties himself. He was pulled unconscious from the water but desperate attempts by paramedics failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Jack had only arrived at the holiday park an hour before the tragedy. They were at the holiday park to allow his heavily pregnant partner some rest at home. In an emotional tribute released by police last night 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” They said he was a good swimmer who had formerly represented his county. A camper said: “The girl went into the water after the dog, a terrier, jumped into the river. She had got into difficulty and shouted for help and the man sprinted into the water from his tent nearby.” Park owner Ralph Beaumont described the incident as “an awful tragedy”. He said: “He rushed down and dived in after her and obviously got into difficulty in the water.” Insp Diane Davies of Dyfed Powys Police said: “This is a terrible tragedy and my heart felt sympathies go to Mr Jack’s family as well as individuals who witnessed the incident and valiantly tried to save him. Residents were alerted to the tragedy by emergency vehicles arriving. Betty Pugh, who lives nearby, said: “The water at that spot is very deep and very cold. “The man had managed to rescue the girl. He had her in his arms and passed her to people on the bank.” Police and paramedics were joined by fire crews from Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. RNLI crews at Aberdyfi and Borth were also alerted but did not launch. A Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said: “We were alerted at 5.44pm to the incident. We had two ambulances at the scene. A male adult was declared deceased at scene. A child was looked after by paramedics.” Officers have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the death but it is not believed to be suspicious. The Powys coroner has been informed.
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