Revell Douglas, 46, who drowned rescuing children at Karioitahi Beach, pictured with his sons Hamish, 11, Liam, 9 and Lockie, 13.

A well-known south Auckland horse trainer who drowned saving children from treacherous west coast surf is being hailed a hero for his selfless actions.

Revell Douglas lost his life on Wednesday as he took to the water at Karioitahi Beach, south of Auckland when a number of children he was with got into trouble in the sea.

Despite efforts of first responders, Douglas…

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