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A "hero" father died while on holiday in Australia after plunging into the sea to rescue his two sons who had got into difficulty.

Andrew Priestley, aged 44, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, is thought to have suffered a heart attack yesterday and later died in hospital.

Jane Hesketh has the full story.

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Neighbour pays tribute to 'hero' holiday death father

A neighbour today paid tribute to tragic father Andrew Priestley, who died in Australia while rescuing his two sons.

The 44-year-old got into difficulties off the coast of Burrill Beach. It is thought he may have suffered a heart attack in the water.

The neighbour, who lived near the family for 11 years, said he was "in awe" of Mr Priestley's bravery.

He was always smiling, especially happy when playing sports outside the front of his house with his kids.

I don't think I know a happier couple than Amanda and Andrew. Wish I'd known him better - but he was always up for a football or work chat.

I'm in awe of his bravery. He really is a hero.

Mr Priestley died in hospital. The two boys were not hurt.

Rugby club pay tribute to Leicestershire father

All at Market Harborough RUFC wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Priestley, father of two of our young players, following the tragic news. We are all shocked and saddened at what has happened.

Andrew was an ever present, supporting his boys in their rugby development at the club. As a community club we will support the family in any way we are able.

– Market Harborough RUFC

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Photo of Leicestershire father who died in Australia

A photo of a father from Leicestershire who died while trying to save his sons after they were caught in strong currents in Australia has been released.

44-year-old Andrew Priestley died on Friday.

Andrew Priestley with his wife Amanda

Mr Priestley was visiting Burrill Beach, located around 144 miles south of Sydney, when the tragedy happened. He was on holiday with his family.

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Football club to hold minute's silence for 'hero' father

Borough Alliance FC in Leicestershire are to hold a minute's silence today for a father who died after rescuing his two children from drowning in Australia.

Andrew Priestley, died in hospital after getting into difficulty at Burrill Beach - around 155 miles south of Sydney on Australia's east coast.

In a statement on their website, the football club said:

Andrew Priestley tragically died saving his sons in a swimming accident in Australia. For many years Andrew was a regular figure at the club where his sons Matthew and Daniel played.

Our thoughts go out to his wife Amanda and his daughter.

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Briton who rescued sons was 'most amazing father'

The family of a man who died after rescuing his two children from drowning in Australia have said he was "the most amazing father".

Andrew Priestley, from Leicestershire, died in hospital after getting into difficulty at Burrill Beach - around 155 miles south of Sydney on Australia's east coast.

A statement released by the Foreign Office on behalf of the family said: "The family of Andrew are devastated about his death in Australia. He died after saving his children.

"Andrew was the most amazing husband and father that any family could wish for. He adored his family and we adored him".

Map shows location of where Leicestershire father died in Australia

A father from Leicestershire has died while trying to save his sons after they were caught in strong currents in Australia.

Andrew Priestley got into difficulty on Burrill Beach in Australia while trying to save his sons Credit: ITV News Central

44-year-old Andrew Priestley got into difficulty on Burrill Beach in Australia, located around 144 miles south of Sydney, when the tragedy happened on Friday. He was on holiday with his family.

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Australian police statement following death of Leicestershire father

Emergency services were called to Burrill Beach just after midday, where they found a man unconscious.

The 44-year-old was taken to Milton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers from Shoalhaven Local Area Command attended and were told the man, a British tourist, got into difficulty after attempting to rescue his two sons who were caught in a rip.

His sons were not injured.

– New South Wales Police Force statement

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Leicestershire father dies while trying to save sons in Australia

A father from Leicestershire has died while trying to save his sons after they were caught in strong currents in Australia.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that Andrew Priestley had died.

The 44-year-old was visiting Burrill Beach, located around 144 miles south of Sydney, when the tragedy happened on Friday. He was on holiday with his family.

It is believed Mr Priestley may have suffered a heart attack. Australian police said the man's children were uninjured.

Mr Priestley was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

A report is now being prepared for the coroner.

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