Two British women who went missing after a midnight swim off Lloret de Mar in Spain have been found dead.
Spain’s Civil Protection Service said a search helicopter located the women following an intensive search by rescue services at the resort 47 miles (75km) northeast of Barcelona.
The women’s bodies were located 2 miles from Lloret de Mar at 12:08pm this afternoon. They were retrieved by a police boat and taken to Blanes.
A spokesman for Spain’s Salvamento Marítimo search and rescue told Spanish news website The Local: “We sent out a rescue boat and scrambled two helicopters to the area to look for the two British women.
“It was very bad weather, the waves were big and the currents were powerful.
“We don’t know the circumstances of why these two decided to go for a swim except that they were with a group of other women who raised the alarm when they failed to come out of the water.”
A Civil Protection source in the resort reportedly told Catalonia Radio: “The last time they were seen they were being swept out to sea and it is virtually impossible that they would have been able to reach the shore. The sea is like a washing machine.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that two British nationals were reported missing in Lloret de Mar on 1 October.
“We are in touch with the local authorities and have offered consular assistance.”