Tributes pour in for UK couple who drowned on Zambujeira do Mar beach in Alentejo as thousands raised for their kids
Thousands of pounds have been donated to the children of a British couple who drowned in Alentejo, with friends paying tribute to the “beautiful souls” who radiated “loving energy”.
Kim Fletcher, 33, and Danny Johnson, 34, died at the end of last week, on Sunday, at Zambujeira do Mar in Alentejo.
Mr Johnson tried to rescue his partner after she got into difficulty in the harsh sea conditions, but became trapped himself, according to national newspaper Correio da Manha.
Police officials said that surfers did their best to rescue the couple by bringing them back to the beach but ultimately CPR failed to revive them.
The beach, which is very popular at the peak of the tourist season, has a reputation for it’s dangerous riptides and undertow, which many have warned of on social media.
“The heroic actions of Danny are only to be expected, he adored Kim, as she adored him,” mentioned a JustGiving page set up by a family friend – where more than 500 people have donated over £11,000.
The couple were engaged and have a four-year-old daughter, while Ms Fletcher also has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
Ms Fletcher worked as a yoga teacher, and the couple put on meditation workshops with the aim of helping “bring about more joy, love and bliss into the world”.
Mr Johnson was also part of Stoke-based rap group “The Gar”.
Friends of the couple have been sharing their tributes to the “positive, peaceful” couple on social media.
“Danny and Kim are two of the most warm-hearted, beautiful souls you could wish to meet. They radiated such a positive, peaceful and loving energy to all,” posted Nicola Taylor.
The fundraising page – set up by Ben Cook – has surged through its £8,000 target.
“This tragic event has shocked our whole community and leaves two young children without their parents,” wrote Mr Cook.
He said that the money would be used in order to aid and support the children through their grieving process, cover funeral costs, and pay for a memorial bench.
The British Foreign Office revealed: “Our staff are supporting the families of a British man and woman following their deaths in Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal and are in contact with the Portuguese authorities.”