Former bank manager Richard Guest (known as Dick) got into difficulties as he helped a second man rescue girls off the beach at Tywyn in north-west Wales.
The 74-year-old had been walking his dog with his wife Margaret along the beach when they spotted the girls in trouble.
Mr Guest rushed into the water to try and rescue the girls.
Mr Guest was about 40 yards out from the shore. He was seen holding one of the girls up out of the water in his arms by the time Aberdovey coastguard arrived and managed to save her.
He was recovered unconscious from the water by RNLI crews from Aberdovey and airlifted by the Welsh Air Ambulance Service to Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth but it was too late.
Mr Guest was a father of two and had four grandchildren. He had been enjoying a weekend break away with his 71-year-old wife when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.
His daughter, Mrs Ceri Donovan, released a statement saying: “He was an active man who loved the outdoors, and was at happiest in Tywyn with his family.
“We cannot imagine life without him. He was loved by so many people.”
She continued: “Dad was brought up in Bethel, Near Caernarfon, North Wales, and attended Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen. He was a strong swimmer and was used to swimming on that particular part of the beach.
“It was just like him to do something so selfless and brave.
“At the end of the day, he was a family man. He was a great father and a much-loved grandfather. We will miss him terribly.”
A statement from North Wales Police said: “He was assisting a second man in the rescue of the two teenage girls when he too got into difficulty. The man was recovered unconscious from the water by a crew from Aberdovey RNLI Lifeboat and attempts were made to revive him at the scene.”
Indeed, Mr. Guest did something that day that not many would do. He gave his life for 2 complete strangers. He will forever live in the memories of many and with our Lord.
Source: Express And Star