Two British women died after being swept away in rough seas while reportedly posing for photographs on a beach in Spain.
Emergency services were alerted at 4.15am local time yesterday after the women from Birmingham were engulfed by 10ft waves.
Teams started searching for the women after they disappeared from the resort of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.
Their bodies were eventually found by a search helicopter two miles from Lloret de Mar shortly after midday.
A spokeswoman for Lloret de Mar council told the Times: “This appears to be a case where these women were acting irresponsibly.
“There had been red flags on the beaches all day and we had had a storm. The waves were three metres high and yet they went into the water.”
The women were named by the newspaper as Lisa Coggins (25) and Tracy Tysall (32).
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing support to their families.
“We can confirm the death of two British nationals who had been reported missing in Lloret de Mar on 1 October,” a spokesman said.
“We are providing support to the families and those who were travelling with the individuals at this difficult time.”