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The outcome of this tragic story is truly heartbreaking...

It's been a difficult week for one family in particular.

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A 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.

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But that led to some heartbreaking consequences.

There's nothing as rewarding as parenthood.

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The 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...

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Being 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...

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Our children are totally worth it.

There's nothing quite as terrifying as something happening to our babies...

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But 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.

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Father-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.

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The 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.

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And 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.

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The 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.

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"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.

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"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.

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He was just thirty-six.

Jonathan managed to save his children...

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The 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.

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"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.

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"There are no words to describe the pain. I will always be grateful to [him] for bringing our babies back."

She continued:

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"I love him, always have, and always will."

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend for both Jonathan and Laura.

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On 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...

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Many referred to the doting dad as a "hero."

While others expressed their condolences for the family...

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It truly is a heartbreaking situation.

Rest in peace, Jonathan.

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A true hero and an incredible father. We hope the family manages to heal from this devastating event.