Rescue teams on Thursday searched for two British women who went missing off a resort in northeastern Spain after they went for a late night swim in stormy waters.
One of the woman had been for a swim in 10ft waves with a friend just after 4am.
Friends of the pair, aged 33 and 35, raised the alarm at 4.15am after they disappeared at the holiday hotspot of Costa Brava.
“We know the women are in danger in the sea”.
“The Civil Guard have taken the bodies to the port at Blanes and handed them over to Mossos d’Esquadra officers who will take them to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Girona for the autopsies”.
A boat and several helicopters spent the night searching for the women, a spokeswoman for Spain’s maritime rescue services said.
The pair aged 33 and 36 were among a group of five women on the beach together. Specialised divers also scoured the area.
The women’s bodies were located two miles from Lloret de Mar at 12:08pm this afternoon.
“We can confirm the death of two British nationals who had been reported missing in Lloret de Mar on 1 October”, an Foreign Office spokesman said.
The waves were so high that they stopped the fire service launching a boat to join the search.
“We are in touch with the local authorities and … are ready to provide consular assistance to their families”.