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Scott Seddon.

Scott Seddon was reportedly paddling off the coast of Agia Agathi in Rhodes when a thunderstorm started (Image: Facebook)

A man who died after being struck by lightning in the sea off the coast of Greece is Scott Seddon from Liverpool.

The 26-year-old was reportedly paddling in the water near Agia Agathi on the island of Rhodes when the weather changed.

According to Rhodes news site Rodiaki, when the storm began, other bathers and tourists fled to shore and shouted at Mr Seddon.

His girlfriend is said to have filmed him from the shore when the lightning struck.

Local media reported that the woman, who has not been identified, also urged Mr Seddon to “come out”.

Lightning is believed to have struck the man around 1:30 p.m., after which emergency services were called to the scene of the accident shortly thereafter.

Rescuers from the nearby Archangelos Health Center administered first aid, but he later died.

A local man who stepped in to get the Briton out of the water told the site: “As I approached him, I saw that he was face down in the water and his face was bruised.”

“I knew immediately that every second counted and started to land him.

“I was afraid the same thing might happen to me as it was still raining, but I didn’t stop.”

Mr Seddon’s parents reportedly lived in Rhodes for several years.

A spokeswoman for the Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development said: “We are supporting the family of a Briton who has died in Rhodes and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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Justin Scaccy

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