TRIBUTES have been paid to the two women who died after being swept out to sea while on holiday in Spain.
The bodies of 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 – with links to the north of the borough – 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 was believed the two friends were in the water when Tracey, who attended Solihull College, got into trouble and Lisa, a mum-of-two, attempted to help her. It is thought the friends were then swept out to sea by 13ft waves.
Lisa’s partner Mario Sassano, who went to Park Hall Secondary in Castle Bromwich, posted a number of statuses on Facebook about his and the family’s devastation.
One said: “I would just like to say I am so grateful for all the messages and the lovely things people are putting up about Lisa – I really believe that’s what’s got me through so far.
Another added: “I’ve got so many things I want to say to you and talk to you about.
“I know you said you were waiting for the day I asked you to marry me and you wanted my baby, I really did want all that as well, I just never asked you as it was never the right time.
“I did not know but you really were my whole world.”
Friend Jo-Jo also posted a statement on Facebook ‘feeling heartbroken’ paying tribute to the pair.
It said: “On behalf of all our families, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks for all the messages, tributes and beautiful memories you all have shared.
“From our family to Lisa’s family we share your grief – two truly amazing young ladies who’s memories will live on in all our hearts for eternity.
“We thank you Lisa for trying to save our angel and are truly saddened for your loved ones you leave behind – best friends to the end, angels together.”