Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killed by Freak Wave; Relatives Tell of Battle to Save Tourists

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killed by Freak Wave; Relatives Tell of Battle to Save Tourists

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY

RELATIVES of two British holidaymakers who drowned off Rhodes have told of the desperate battle to save their lives.

Keiron Conlon, 47, and his wife Frances, 46, were hit by a giant wave during their morning swim.

It came as gales battered the Greek islands. But the couple's relatives insist conditions were calm when on Wednesday when the tragedy occurred.

Mr Conlon's younger brother Noel, 42, told how his nephew and brother-in-law watched from the beach as the couple were engulfed by a wall of water.

He said: "They just got up and went for a swim. Conditions were tranquil when they went in.

"They were only about 20 feet out when a wave came out of nowhere and took them both."

He added: "Then the waves brought them back in, but by the time they managed to grab them and drag them out it was too late."

The couple, of Highbury, had been married for 25 years and leave behind a 23-year-old son, Alan, and daughter Gemma, 19. …

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