A British native, Trevor Pelling, died while trying to save his two daughters after they experienced difficulty in a strong current of a beach. There were no lifeguards at the time.
Trevor Pelling, deemed a heroic father, passed away on Thursday, June 3, attempting to save his two children, aged 12 and 9, at a Portuguese beach after struggling in the sea.
The 45-year-old financial consultant was trying to aid his kids when they got into difficulties because of a strong current at Calada Beach in Encarnacao, about an hour's drive north-west of Lisbon.
Pelling was already suffering from a heart attack when he was pulled out of the ocean by surfers in the afternoon that day. Locals and a nurse spent nearly an hour trying to resuscitate him before being declared dead.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson revealed they are providing support to Pelling's family. Seeing that it is early in the season, there were no lifeguards on the scene.
The service starts on June 12. Pelling was on holiday with his family and was based in the Middle East for work purposes. His kids were later transported to Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon for medical examination.
A psychologist assisted the grief-stricken minors and their mother, who has not been named. At the time of the incident, the authorities said they were not able to identify the deceased.
Pelling's children were in a stable condition when they were transported to the hospital. The day before tragedy struck, he wrote in his Instagram account that he would have returned to Portugal.
His LinkedIn profile described him as an Abu Dhabi-based area manager at deVere Acuma, part of the world's leading independent financial advisory organizations.
Green, the CEO of deVere Group, released a statement and shared Pelling's colleagues are devastated by his tragic passing, stating:
“We knew him as a great, generous and talented colleague.”
A source close to the case shared Pelling, and his family had driven to the beach, and the vehicle was left there when his daughters were transported to seek medical treatment.
In July 2020, another hero dad bravely dived into the sea to rescue his 10-year-old son from the clutches of a shark after it grabbed the boy from a boat.
The youngster, Lucas Arnott, was pulled into the waters of Stanley in Northwest Tasmania, and his father, John Arnott, was labeled a terrific family man with a big heart.