The woman who died after swimming off Green Island in Jersey last night has been named as Joy Godfray.
Joy, 31, died the day before she was set to celebrate her 32nd birthday.
Jersey Police said her family wanted to pass their “heartfelt thanks to the members of the public and all the emergency services who fought to save the life of their daughter”.
She is the sixth person to have died in tragedies off beaches across Britain and the Channel Islands in only two days.
Previous incidents in Cornwall, Aberdeen, Essex and Dorset have claimed the lives of a seven-year-old boy and his mum, a dad, a windsurfer and another man.
Her friend was rescued by a brave member of the public who swam out to help him.
However, they were unable to reach Joy, who was being dragged away due to the ‘extremely difficult’ conditions.
She was later picked up by an RNLI lifeboat and treated by paramedics, before being rushed to hospital.
Two RNLI lifeboats and Jersey Fire Service’s rescue boat were dispatched to help the two swimmers shortly before 8.30pm.
Fire crew commander Mark Walke described the conditions off Green Island as ‘very difficult’, with ‘high winds’ and ‘big tides’.
The tragedy struck hours after a man was dragged from the sea by lifeguards off the coast of Poole, Dorset.
Emergency services rushed to busy Sandbanks beach just before 3.30pm on Saturday after the man was spotted “in difficulty” outside the ‘safe swim’ area.
Lifeguards recovered the man from the water at Sandbanks and performed CPR.
But in spite of their efforts, the man – who has not yet been formally identified – died at the scene.
His next of kin are yet to be informed.
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