Photo Of Couple, Andrew Sturgess And Carmen Spiridon, Who Drowned Off Sicily Coast Released

The first picture of the couple who drowned off the coast of Sicily has been released.

Andrew Sturgess, 34 and his girlfriend, Carmen Spiridon, were holidaying on the Mediterranean island when the tragedy happened.

Andrew and Romanian-born Carmen, 25, were found floating in the water near each other in the sea at Tre Fontane beach in the village of Campobello di Mazara in the south-west of the Italian island, according to a local newspaper.

Eyewitnesses said they had seen the pair playing safely in the water just moments before, it was reported.

Local police officer Captain Fabio Manzo told Sky News: "The water was not rough at the time but from what we have established neither was a strong swimmer and there are awkward currents in the area.

"We think that perhaps one of them had got into trouble and that they had tried to save the other but sadly in the end, both died."

The Daily Mail reported that the couple were from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire and were on holiday visiting Ms Spiridon's mother.

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