Briton died after saving wife from dhow

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A British man who drowned in the Bahrain pleasure boat disaster died after rescuing his wife and another woman before going back under the water to try to save more people.

Philip Moody, a general manager with RMD Kwikform, an engineering firm, dived to the underside of the stricken dhow but failed to resurface, according to a fellow worker.

The colleague, who only revealed his first name, Rajesh, a sales co-ordinator, said: "First he rescued his wife and another lady and then removed water from her stomach and then he went under and after that we don't know what happened.

"Everybody here is remembering this man. He was a good man. You don't often see a man in this world like that."

Another British victim was named yesterday as Christopher Langan, 53, who worked for Bureau Veritas, a worldwide "social accountability" firm with offices in Bahrain.

Another body was recovered yesterday, taking the death toll to 58. Fifteen Britons died in the accident and 68 people were rescued.

Anger was growing among survivors after it was revealed that the Al Dana was licensed as a "floating restaurant" and should never have taken to sea. The owners have blamed the accident on a tour company, saying that it allowed too many passengers on board the vessel, which capsized on Thursday night. But the Bahraini Interior Ministry and Coast Guard said the boat was not licensed to sail as a pleasure cruiser.

A ministry spokesman said the owners would face charges if this was confirmed.

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