Mathew James, a father-of-two, has been hailed as a hero after being shot in the shoulder, chest and hip after throwing himself in front of the gunman to protect his fiancee.
The attack left at least 38 people dead and 36 injured including at least five British tourists and an Irishwoman. Philip Hammond, the British foreign secretary, said the British death toll was likely to rise.
“He took a bullet for me … I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started,” says Mathew’s fiancé, Saera Wilson.
“We were just on the sunbeds, messing around and having a nice time when we heard these sounds. The shooting had started and there was a man with a gun opening fire all around. It is hard to remember just exactly what was going on. I only saw the one man in dark clothing but people were being shot.
“Matthew put himself in front of me, then he was hit. He moved and the man shot him again. Again he tried to move and he was shot again.
“He was shouting and blood was pouring out all over. I was screaming and it was chaos as more shots were coming out. We were down on the floor next to the sunbeds to shelter but the shots just kept on coming. He just told me to go, to look after our kids and that he loved me.
“He was covered in blood from the shots, but he just told me to run away. I ran back, past bodies on the beach to reach our hotel. It was chaos – there was a body in the hotel pool and it was just full of blood.”
On a page set up to raise money to help Mathew’s recovery, Saera wrote:
“Just to say a massive thank you for everyone’s support and messages, and donations made to us.
I am reading the messages and statuses out to Matt as they are coming in and he is overwhelmed by the response.
Soon as he is able he will reply to people but is still recovering at the moment and I am typing for him. Much love to you all.”– SAERA WILSON, MATHEW JAMES’ FIANCEE
Here’s a video of a tourist talking about the terrorist attack: