Welsh father dies trying to save daughter off Italian coast

A Welsh man has died after attempting to rescue his daughter when she got into difficulty in the sea off the Italian coast, according to reports.

He has been named locally as businessman Simon Pearson, 48, who lived near Old Church Stoke in Powys.

He had rushed into the water along with an Italian man working at the Bosco Verde beach, in Ostuni, in the Puglia region of southern Italy, according to the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The paper paper said the 48-year-old who had been at the beach with his family, was taken by strong currents in the sea.

Both men had reportedly been pulled from the water and given CPR by medics but they were pronounced dead.

The Coastguard rescued others who were in difficulty and said the conditions were caused by strong winds, the paper added.

Local news site Ostuni Notizie reported the girl was 11 years old and was saved.