'British couple' found dead on South Africa beach

The pair were found dead on Robberg Beach, South African authorities said. Credit: Google Street View

Two British tourists have been found dead on a beach in South Africa, the National Sea Rescue Institute has said.

A statement said the bodies of a 28-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, believed to be from Northern Ireland, were found on Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay.

It is suspected they drowned after going for a swim shortly after arriving on holiday.

A local man raised the alarm at about 6pm yesterday after discovering the man's body in shallow surf on Robberg Beach, the NSRI said.

The woman's body was found around 200 metres away by two women walking along the beach.

The Foreign Office confirmed the deaths of two British nationals in South Africa on Friday, adding: "We are providing assistance to both families at this extremely difficult time, and will remain in contact with local authorities.”