A mother whose son lost his life while trying to save hers has paid tribute to him as a "hero".
His mother, Sam Ord, had been knocked into the water by a wave while crossing a small channel. Ross managed to keep her from being swept away by the current - but was carried out to sea himself by what witnesses described as a freak wave.
Despite a huge search operation from the coastguard and helicopters, they were unable to rescue Ross.
His body was found the following morning at nearby Hive beach.
The 24 year old had only recently moved to Bridport from Leigh in Greater Manchester, and there he had "found his happy place".
He'd invited his mother to retire nearby to be with him.
Sam says that although part of her wishes the sea "had taken us both", the fact that Ross gave his life to save hers is keeping her going.
Ross's funeral will take place at the Howe Bridge Crematorium in Leigh, with his loved ones being asked to wear the colours of his favourite sports teams, Manchester City shirts, WWE, or the Green Bay Packers.