Phillip Babwah of Claxton Bay was at the beach when at approximately 9 a.m his son and daughter-in-law got into difficulty.
Babwah along with two men went to their assistance; however after pulling them from the water, Babwah and the men were pulled under the water.
The men were helped by beach-goers to the shore.
Babwah was rushed to hospital but died on arrival.
Eyewitnesses stated that the lifeguards were slow in responding.
They claim that even though a woman alerted the lifeguards from the time the son and daughter-and-law got into difficulty, they arrived after bathers had already pulled Babwah from the water.