British father, 45, dies while trying to save daughters who got into trouble swimming off Portugal beach

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A British man has died while trying to save his two daughters after they were dragged to sea off a beach in Portugal.

The 45-year-old was already suffering from cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the ocean by surfers, CM Portugal reported.

Despite a nurse who was on the beach spending nearly an hour trying to save him, he was pronounced dead on Calada beach in Encarnacao just after 2pm on Thursday.

His daughters, aged nine and 12, reportedly suffered minor injuries and are said to have got into difficulties in a strong current.

They were taken to Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon, which is around an hour's drive from the beach.

The man was a Dubai-born national who was travelling on a British passport, according to Portuguese daily Correio da Manha.

A UK Foreign Office spokesperson told Sky News: "We are providing support to the family of a British man who has sadly drowned in Portugal. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

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