Brit, 26, is killed by lightning ‘while his girlfriend was filming him swimming in the sea’ in Rhodes
- The Briton tragically died this afternoon in the Agia Agathi area of Rhodes.
A British tourist has died after being struck by lightning while his girlfriend was filming him swimming in the sea in Greece.
The 26-year-old man tragically died this afternoon while on the beach in the Agia Agathi area of Rhodes.
Emergency services brought the man to shore and desperately tried to save his life, but he did not survive.
A 47-year-old local footballer, the Brazilian Wander Machado, who tried to save the Briton, he told the Greek media rodiaki: ‘As soon as I got close to him, I saw that he was face down in the water and his face was bruised.
“I immediately knew that every second was crucial and I began to bring it to shore.”
The 26-year-old man tragically died this afternoon while on holiday in the Agia Agathi (pictured) area of Rhodes.
Other tourists are understood to have urged the man out of the water when he encountered difficulties around 1:30pm local time (11:30am BST).
His horrified girlfriend along with other bathers reportedly began calling for help after he ran into trouble in the water.
He was pulled out of the water by those on the beach.
While Rodiaki reported that he had been rowing, other news outlets claim that he had been swimming at the time of the incident.
The witness who plays for the Agios Georgios Malonas football team added: “I was worried that the same thing would happen to me because it was still raining, but I didn’t stop.”
Rescuers arrived shortly thereafter and performed all resuscitation procedures to keep him alive. Unfortunately, I found out a bit later that he didn’t make it.
The man was taken to Archangelos Health Center where emergency services frantically tried to resuscitate him but unfortunately were unable to save him.
According to the local media outlet, an investigation has been launched by the Rhodes Central Port Authority.
According to reports, at the time of the tragic accident, the area in front of the Greek island was experiencing bad weather and strong thunderstorms.
MailOnline has contacted the Foreign Office for confirmation.
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