Lisa Coggins, 35, was on holiday with four friends, one of whom also died when they were swept off the beach by waves in the early hours of Thursday morning.
They were reported missing at around 4am after failing to return from the sea.
Rock Badfrozien, from Catalan Police, said they were among a group of five women from Birmingham on holiday in the area.
“We don’t know the circumstances of why these two chose to go for a swim except that they were with a group of other women who raised the alarm when they failed to come out of the water”.
He said the two swimmers were dragged under by a wave but another of the friends then went in and saved one of the women but died in the process.
According to a statement made to the media by Felip Carbonell, the coordinator of local emergency services in Lloret, a night watchman from a beach bar nearby tried to stop the women from getting into the water, warning them that it was risky as there was a storm causing big waves and treacherous currents. “There was very drastic conditions, and it was risky to go in to the sea in those conditions”.
“We are providing support to the families and those who were travelling with the individuals at this hard time”.
Catalonia regional firefighter department spokeswoman Alicia Olmos said the bodies were found Thursday, less than 2 kilometers (1 mile) out from the popular resort town of Lloret de March She said they were spotted by a rescue service helicopter.
Their identities have not yet been released.
A Mossos d’Esquadra spokeman said: There has been a few confusion over this but we can now confirm that two British women went swimming and got into difficulties.
“We know the women are in danger in the sea”.
“One managed to get out of the water and ask her friends for help”.
“The Civil Guard have taken the bodies to the port at Blanes and handed them over to Mossos d’Esquadra officers who will take them to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Girona for the autopsies”.
The woman, who declined to be named, said: “The family are in Barcelona right now”.
“He saw them in the sea taking photos and then called the cops”.
Dawn Collins wrote: ‘So so sorry to hear about Lisa I worked with her and she was a truly kind handsome women always laughing always smiling’.