The outcome of this tragic story is truly heartbreaking...
It's been a difficult week for one family in particular.
via: Getty ImagesA father has been commended as a hero after a tragic accident that occurred on the beach with his children.
He jumped into action in order to make sure his kids were safe.
via: Getty ImagesBut that led to some heartbreaking consequences.
There's nothing as rewarding as parenthood.
via: Getty ImagesThe love between you and your child is something unlike any other feeling on earth. It's a pretty magical thing.
But that's not to say it's easy...
via: Getty ImagesBeing a mom or dad is basically the hardest job on earth - and the pressure to be a perfect parent can make life even more stressful.
But at the end of the day...
via: Getty ImagesOur children are totally worth it.
There's nothing quite as terrifying as something happening to our babies...
via: Getty ImagesBut sadly, many parents out there have experienced the tragedy of seeing their children go through very difficult situations.
Over the weekend, one father found himself and 3 of his children in a dire predicament.
via: FacebookFather-of-7, Jonathan Stevens, was with his family at Barmouth beach in Wales when they began to struggle in the water.
Jonathan was with 3 of his children at the beach around lunchtime yesterday.
via: Getty ImagesThe children are believed to be aged between ten and twelve.
Jonathan's children got into difficulty in the water after being caught in a riptide.
via: Getty ImagesAnd being the great father that he is, he tried his best to pull them to safety.
A Coastguard spokesman said they were called to the incident at 1.31 pm, after receiving a call to police.
via: Getty ImagesThe call to emergency services reported people in the water, sending the Coastguard rescue team, Barmouth RNLI lifeboat, and HM Coastguard's fixed-wing aircraft to the scene.
Shortly after, the police arrived on the scene.
via: Getty Images"Police and the Coastguard were called at 1.58 pm on Sunday to a report that a man had got into difficulty in the sea in Barmouth," explained a spokesman for North Wales Police.
Jonathan was taken to hospital via air ambulance.
via: Getty Images"We sent 2 rapid response cars and two emergency ambulances to the scene where crews were also supported by a Wales Air Ambulance and a search and rescue helicopter. "3 patients were taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd."
But, he later passed away from his injuries.
via: Getty ImagesHe was just thirty-six.
Jonathan managed to save his children...
via: FacebookThe news of his heartbreaking death was confirmed by his partner, Laura Burford, who hailed her husband a "hero."
"I am absolutely devastated to say that I have lost the complete love of my life," she said in a statement.
via: Facebook"All 7 of his beautiful kids have lost their dad. He died saving his kids' lives in the sea."
Laura was at home at the time of the incident.
via: Facebook"There are no words to describe the pain. I will always be grateful to [him] for bringing our babies back."
via: Facebook"I love him, always have, and always will."
A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend for both Jonathan and Laura.
via: FacebookOn the page, she described Jonathan as a "true hero," and said she hoped to raise money to support his loved ones during this unimaginable time.
Tributes have started pouring in for the family...
via: FacebookMany referred to the doting dad as a "hero."
While others expressed their condolences for the family...
via: FacebookIt truly is a heartbreaking situation.
Rest in peace, Jonathan.
via: Kim StevensA true hero and an incredible father. We hope the family manages to heal from this devastating event.