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Man dies at beach after five pulled from sea on hottest day of year

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A man has tragically died after being pulled from the sea during a rescue operation at a beach.

Two other men in their 20s were rescued from the water at Crosby beach in Merseyside on Tuesday evening, July 20.

One has since been discharged from hospital, while the other remains in a critical but stable condition.

A member of the public called 999 after spotting five swimmers struggling in the water.

The victim's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Merseyside Police said in a statement: "Enquiries continue and anyone who witnessed the incident and has yet to come forward is asked to contact us via @MerPolCC on Twitter, Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook, or 101, with reference 21000506040."

James Pugh leapt into the water to try and help the men, the Liverpool Echo reports.

He was having dinner on the beach with his girlfriend and his two stepchildren last night when he heard shouting from the water at around 7pm.

The 38-year-old said: “I sprinted down, when I got to the water I noticed lots of splashing from a group of guys but couldn't hear what they were saying.

“There was a lady on a paddleboard so I walked further out into the water and shouted ‘do they need help?’ and she said ‘yeah they're drowning.’

“I was still in my work boots and they sank, so I managed to get them off, then swam as fast as I could to paddleboard.”

When he reached the woman, she was trying to help three of the five men out of the water.

James said one of the men was fully submerged under the water so he swam him back to the beach.

He added: “Everyone was screaming. I said ‘no one panic’ and I said ‘don't rock the board.’

“I managed to get hold of one guy who was fully submerged. I put my arms underneath him and swam him back to shore."

The tragedy occurred on the hottest day of the year so far, as temperatures reached 32.2C at Heathrow Airport in west London.

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