A dad has died after jumping into a canal to save his disabled daughter’s life.
Lawrence Casey, 86, went into the Bude Canal in Cornwall to rescue Jessica “in a final act of love” after she lost control of her mobility scooter on Wednesday.
Members of the public also tried to “selflessly help” save Jessica, who is now recovering at home.
Sadly, Lawrence didn’t make it as his family have paid tribute to the “devoted” dad .
In a statement, Lawrence’s family said: “He was devoted to the care of his disabled daughter and his final act of love as a father was to sacrifice his life to save hers.
“We extend our sincere gratitude to members of the public who also selflessly helped in the saving of her life.”
Francesa Casey, the dad’s other daughter, shared a post on Facebook thanking the kind-hearted strangers.
She wrote: “Lovely people of Bude, can you do your thing and help me find the incredible passers-by who stopped to help during the incident at Bude Canal yesterday in which my father tragically lost his life rescuing my sister.
“We are deeply shocked of course but I am so incredibly heartened by those who helped.
“My family and I would like to express our deep gratitude for all those involved. If you’re reading this, and you’re one of those who helped or you know someone who was — please private message me.
“As always, proud of our beautiful community.”
It is unclear how the mobility scooter lost control.
Emergency services were called to Bude Canal at 5.20pm and the dad was confirmed dead at the scene.
A police spokesman said: “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
“Emergency services were called at 5.20pm to Bude Canal following reports of concern for the welfare of two people in the water.
“A woman in her 20s was pulled from the water by members of the public and taken to hospital by land ambulance.
“A man in his 80s was confirmed deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”