Tributes to Stoke drown couple

A British man and his girlfriend are thought to have drowned while on holiday in Sicily.

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Stoke-on-Trent couple who drowned in Italy described as 'happy and in love'

A couple from Stoke-on-Trent have drowned while on holiday in Italy.

34-year-old Andrew Sturgess and his fiance Carmen Spiridon, who was 25, both died after getting into difficulty off the island of Sicily.

Police think one of them had tried to save the other. Mr Sturgess met his partner at the Breathe City Church in Stoke-on-Trent.

Paul Jukes from the Breathe City Church described the couple as 'sensitive people who loved and understood each other.'

Stoke-on-Trent man who drowned in Italy described as 'honest and dedicated'

A British man thought to have drowned while on holiday in Sicily worked as an office manager at Rebro Hydraulics in Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent.

The man, named locally as Andrew Sturgess, died after getting into difficulty in the sea at Tre Fontane beach in the village of Campobello di Mazara in the south-west of the Italian island.

His girlfriend was found a few yards away, according to local news reports.

The company is closed today as a mark of respect Credit: ITV News Central

A director from the company told ITV News Central: "Andrew Sturgess was an honest and dedicated man who had worked at the company for more than 10 years. He was like one of the family."

"We are all deeply shocked and saddened. Andrew had been looking forward to meeting his fiance's family in Italy for the first time. We have closed our office today as a mark of respect."

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British man and girlfriend 'drown in Sicily'

A British man and his girlfriend are thought to have drowned while on holiday in Sicily.

The man, named locally as Andrew Sturgess died after getting into difficulty in the sea at Tre Fontane beach in the village of Campobello di Mazara in the south-west of the Italian island.

His girlfriend, whose nationality is unclear, was found a few yards away, according to local news reports.

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