A ‘hero’ British father died yesterday trying to rescue his two daughters from a Portuguese beach after they got into trouble in the sea.
Trevor Pelling, 45, a financial adviser, was trying to help his two daughters, ages 12 and 9, when strong currents hit them at Calada Beach in Encarnacao – about an hour’s drive northwest of Lisbon.
He already went into cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the ocean by surfers just after 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Locals and a nurse who was on the beach tried to save him for nearly an hour before he was pronounced dead.
A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office told MailOnline that they are supporting the British man’s family.
British father Trevor Pelling has died trying to rescue his two daughters from a Portuguese beach after they got into trouble in the sea
The financial advisor already went into cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the ocean by surfers
There were no lifeguards on the beach as it is early in the season and lifeguard duty starts on June 12th.
Mr Pelling was a British financial specialist on holiday with his family and 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 organizations.
The British holidaymaker tried to help his two daughters aged 12 and 9 when the strong currents got them into trouble.
They were later taken to the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon for medical examination. A psychologist helps the grieving youth and their mother, who is not named.
Lifeguard patrols on the beach where the tragedy took place will not begin until June 12, although qualified naval specialists tasked with protecting the public through the so-called ‘Seawatch’ project were mobilized after the alarm was raised.
Paulo Agostinho, chief of the Cascais Maritime Police whose job covers the area where Thursday’s tragedy took place, said he could not confirm the name of the dead man.
He added: ‘The whole family was on the beach, the father, mother and their two daughters.
‘It was a beach where there were no lifeguards, because the lifeguard doesn’t start until June 12.
“The two girls got into trouble and their father tried to save them. He managed to get them to safety, but he got himself into trouble and sadly died after being pulled from the water by two surfers.
The tragedy happened just after 2 p.m. on Thursday at Calada Beach in Encarnacao, about an hour’s drive northwest 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 couldn’t swim or couldn’t swim well.
‘The girls were taken with their mother to the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon. I understand they have now been discharged from the hospital.”
Calada Beach – Praia da Calada in Portuguese – is a long sandy beach in the shape of a seashell.
The popular spot for surfers is surrounded by high cliffs that protect it from high winds.
The Portuguese National Maritime Authority said in a statement released late Thursday: “Today, a man aged 45 died on Calada Beach, an unguarded beach in Mafra district, when he tried to rescue his two young daughters aged 12 and 9. help when they get into trouble in the water.
“The alert was received at 2:40 pm through the District Operational Command Assist Center in Lisbon.
Cascais Maritime Police officers and officers from the “SeaWatch” project were immediately dispatched to the site in an Amarok vehicle.
“Three volunteer fire ambulances from Ericeira and two emergency medical and resuscitation vehicles from Torres Vedras were also mobilized.
A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said they are supporting the British man’s family
Trevor Pelling, 45, died trying to rescue his two daughters from a Portuguese beach after they got into trouble in the sea. He is depicted with a woman believed to be his wife and his three children drie
“On arrival at the site, they discovered that a man had been pulled from the water by two surfers, he had gone into cardiac arrest and a nurse who was on the scene had started performing life-saving techniques which were then continued by the firefighters.
“Despite their efforts to resuscitate him, it was not possible to undo the situation and he was pronounced 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, together with their mother, were taken by ambulance to the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon, in a stable situation.
“A psychologist from the Maritime Police supports the relatives of the dead and one of the surfers who rescued him from the water.”
A source close to the case added: ‘The family was here on holiday, but I don’t know if they were staying near the beach or further away.
“They had driven to the beach where the tragedy took place and the car had been left there while the daughters went to the hospital.”
A routine police investigation into the incident is reportedly underway. It was not immediately clear today whether the autopsy has already taken place.
A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said: ‘We are offering support to the family of a British man who unfortunately drowned in Portugal. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”