Tributes are flowing for the ‘hero’ father who drowned trying to save young daughter from the NSW beach

A father who died trying to rescue his young daughter from the water on a popular beach on the north NSW coast is remembered as a ‘hero’ who has just moved to Australia for ‘an exciting new chapter’ is.

Paul Doran, 45, moved to Australia from Ireland in July with his wife Simonne and their three children Vann, Lyra and Shay to start a new adventure in their life.

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The family, who live in Lennox Head, were playing in the shallows at Seven Mile Beach last week when their 11-year-old daughter was suddenly washed into the sea.

Brother-in-law Brendan McDonnell said conditions changed quickly and the family ran into trouble when parents rushed to their children’s aid.

“Paul and Simonne quickly moved into action, bringing their two boys Vann and Shay ashore, followed by their daughter Lyra,” he wrote in a fundraiser.

However, Doran never made it back.

Simonne and Lyra called for help and two police officers who got to the scene first plunged into the water to find Doran but were unsuccessful.

Surf rescuers later retrieved his body from the water and paramedics began CPR, but he could not be resuscitated and died at the scene.

Paul Doran and his family had only moved to Australia about six months ago. He will be remembered as a “hero” and a “devoted” father. Credit: Facebook

A “devoted” father

McDonnell said Doran is a hero who “does everything in his life 100 percent passionately” and a “devoted” father who wants the best for his family.

In a statement released this week, Doran’s family said he has “so many plans” for his new life in Australia.

“It’s hard to believe that we lost Paul under such traumatic circumstances,” it said.

“He was so looking forward to the future.”

Doran’s family said his life revolves around his children and that he has always prioritized family time.

“He appreciated their education, the sport and being involved in different activities, but also the time together as a family. That’s exactly what they did that night when he lost his life, when he saved her,” they said.

“We want these kids to have the life that Paul dreamed and worked hard for them.”

Paul Doran’s family is raising money to hold funerals in Australia and Ireland, where the family is originally from. Credit: eyJpdiI6IjZQT0RWVEJ1WVJrZ1RiU09kOXR0d1E9PSIsInZhbHVlIjoicmx5bWxYbGYxWW5ZUFpMai9JazZwSWxDTFJqTkw0YXZ3SDAzUmRPSmZWVG1JUGc3OFBtc1RJSVp5SDUvUEVjdyIsIm1hYyI6IjRlZGY4MGU1NWJkNWMyOGRkY2U3ZDJjYzVjMmViMGMyMjdkYTY3OGYwYTU5Yzg2YmRkZGYxNjEwMmExNjQyMTYiLCJ0YWciOiIifQ==

The family is raising money for funeral services in Australia and Ireland.

A local Irish community page said Doran was originally from Tipperkevin in County Kildare.

“There are no words to ease the pain, nothing that can be said to ease the heartache the Doran family is feeling,” said the Ballymore Eustace News.

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