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British tourist drowns in Australia trying to help sons

Jan. 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM   |   Comments

ULLADULLA, Australia, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A British man visiting Australia with his family drowned Friday while trying to rescue his sons from a rip current at a New South Wales beach, officials say.

The 46-year-old man was found floating in the water after the boys were pulled from the surf, the Milton Ulladulla Times reported. Efforts to revive him failed.

The family was at the beach near the entrance to Burrill Lake, a resort area 144 miles south-southwest of Sydney. A Filipino visitor drowned at the same beach in December.

Glenn Matthews, director of the South Coast branch of Surf Lifesaving, said everyone needs to be conscious of safety precautions, the South Coast Register reported.

"This is a sad end," he said. "The message here is to please swim between the flags of patrolled beaches and learn to identify rips and currents and how to escape one."

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