THE BODIES of two Birmingham women who were swept out to sea, while on holiday in Spain, after a late-night swim have been recovered.
Mum-of-two Lisa Coggins, 35, and Tracey Aston, 32, were found in the water by a helicopter two miles from Lloret de Mar eight hours after emergency services were first alerted the pair had not returned to friends.
Spanish media reports said it was believed the two tourists were with three friends on the beach in Costa Brava when they went into the water about 4.15am, local time, on Thursday (October 1).
It is understood warnings had been issued about going on the beaches because of the strong winds and storms in the days before the incident.
After the helicopter found the bodies, just after 12pm, they were moved to nearby town Blanes.
In a memorial uploaded to GonetoSoon.org it said it was understood one of the pair had gone for a late-night swim and got into trouble before the second went in after her. It is believed the friends were then swept out to sea by 13ft waves.
After the tragic loss people have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the women.
One person described Lisa as ‘a truly beautiful woman’ while another added ‘she was a lovely lady and will never be forgot, always smiling that’s how I’ll remember her’.
Another tribute said ‘she was a great friend and always made me smile, loved working with her’. Someone else added ‘my heart goes out to you all – she was a truly kind beautiful women always laughing always smiling, my thoughts are with you all at this awful sad time’.
Others said ‘RIP Tracey – such an amazing person, gone too soon’. Talking about Tracey people also added ‘such a beautiful women, gone too soon, going be missed by many people’.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman confirmed the death of two British nationals who had been reported missing in Lloret de Mar on October 1.
He added: “We are providing support to the families and those who were travelling with the individuals at this difficult time.”