Two British women feared dead in stormy waters off Spain

1st October 2015, Comments 0 comments

Rescue teams found two bodies off a resort in northeastern Spain on Thursday while searching for two British women who went missing while on a late swim in stormy waters, officials said.

A maritime rescue service helicopter spotted the bodies at sea about three nautical miles from the beach in Lloret del Mar, a popular resort some 70 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Barcelona, where the British women were last seen.

"Everything indicates the bodies are (those) of the women who disappeared in Lloret," a local police spokesman said.

The bodies were taken to the town of Blanes near Lloret del Mar where officials will carry out tests to identify them, he added.

Emergency services launched their search just after 4:00 am (0200 GMT) after being alerted that two British women, aged 33 and 36, had not returned from a swim.

The women, who were not identified, were part of a group of five people, police said.

The national weather office issued an alert on Thursday for the coast of Catalonia because of the risk posed by the rough waters, with waves of up to four metres (13 feet).

Elsewhere Spanish lifeguards in a helicopter rescued five crew members of a rowing boat that overturned in choppy waters some 50 nautical miles northeast of Mahon, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Menorca off the coast of Catalonia.

The three women and two men were in good health and were taken to Mahon airport, the maritime rescue service said in a statement.

The boat was taking part in a regatta at the time of the accident.

The maritime rescue service said the helicopter operation was "complex" since waves topped six metres at the time with winds of over 90 kilometres an hour.

© 2015 AFP

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