The 76-year-old grandfather from Gwynedd was hit and killed by a boat's propeller in Gozo, Malta.

Allan Stanley of Gwynedd died after being hit by the vessel’s propeller whilst he was taking a swim in Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay in Qala, Gozo, on Saturday 18 June.

The grandfather was given first aid and  rushed to hospital but passed away before reaching the destination.

Mr Stanley, who owned the Period Pine shop in Penrhos, Wales, had been staying in Malta for two months when the accident happened.

The Daily Post reports Allan Stanley’s son Russell as describing his father as a ‘hard worker’ who enjoyed holidaying in Malta.

“We have lived here for more than 30 years, my father was quite well known in the area.”, the Daily Post reports Russell Stanley saying.

“They (Allan and his wife Diane) have a long-term rent on a place over there – three or four months a year they spend in Malta.

“He was of the age where he deserved a bit of time abroad.

“I found out on Sunday morning, my step-sister phoned me to say he had been hit by a boat and they had tried to repair him in the ambulance.

“My two step-sisters have flown out to be with their mum.

“His body will be flown back for a funeral here.”, he concluded.

The police are currently investigating the accident and duty magistrate Paul Coppini is heading a magisterial enquiry into the man’s death.

It has been confirmed that the boat that hit Mr Stanley was manned by an unnamed 19-year-old at the time of the fatal accident.