Tributes to woman who died on holiday

Nikki Bate who drowned in Lanzarote
Nikki Bate who drowned in Lanzarote

Tributes have been paid to a former Morecambe woman who drowned after she was dragged out to sea while on holiday in Lanzarote.

Mother-of-three Nikki Bate, 48, drowned after getting into difficulty off the shore of Famara Beach, near the resort of Caleta de Famara.

The tragedy happened last Thursday (August 15) while Nikki was holidaying with her children and husband, Anthony, 56.

Nikki screamed for help and Anthony bravely dived into the fierce waters to try and rescue her.

He managed to grab her, but the strong riptide pulled them apart and she drowned.

Speaking from the family home in Barrow, her grieving husband paid tribute to a “fantastic wife and mother”.

Anthony said: “Nikki went for a swim, but unfortunately it’s one of the most dangerous beaches in the Canaries. The sea was terrible. It was shocking.

“I managed to grab her, but we were being bashed about and got separated.

“She panicked and drowned. This is the tragedy we are left with.”

He added: “We are devastated at the loss of my beautiful wife and a fantastic mother to our children, but we are being strong.

“We will all miss her very much.”

Nikki was born in Morecambe, but moved to Whalley in the Ribble Valley at a young age. She then attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

A spokesman from the British Foreign Office confirmed the death saying: “We are aware of the death of a British nationl, Nikki Bate, in Lanzarote, on 15 August.

“We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”