Tribute To Portsmouth Sea Rescue Hero

The partner of a man missing at sea off the coast of Portsmouth has released a tribute after his actions helped to rescue two children from the water.

33-year-old Marco Araujo from Grafton Street in Portsmouth was last seen in the water near Tower Street on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 2012.

In a statement issued through Hampshire Police, Marco’s partner Tracey Hall said:

“A lovely family day turned into my worst nightmare, which I cannot wake from.

"My three-year-old grandson and I watched Marco go into the sea to save lives. There was no hesitation from Marco.

“I have lost my partner, my best friend and my soulmate. To everyone you are a hero, but to me, you were my life.

"What you showed to everyone by your heroic actions, I already knew. You will never be forgotten, you are my life; a fabulous dad, granddad, son, brother, uncle and friend.

"All who had the pleasure of knowing you are left with a big gaping hole in their hearts. We all adore you more than you’ll ever know. I know you’re with me and I take great comfort knowing that. One day we will be together again forever.”

Chief Inspector Steve Burridge of Hampshire Constabulary’s Portsmouth District said:

“Other immediate relatives were contacted and informed of the situation over the weekend by police.

"There have been no confirmed sightings of the missing man since Thursday, but officers remain prepared for the potential recovery of his body.

“Witnesses and anyone with information about sightings of the missing man or a body are asked to contact Southsea police station.”