- Three Texans drowned while holidaying in the Turks and Caicos Islands
- The bodies of Roy Perez, 38, and Irma Barrera, 33, of Lake Jackson, were found
- A third male Dr. Richard Okoloisewas was also found by authorities
- Two young girls were saved by rescuers, both related to the two Texas families
- They were the couple's 15-year-old and the daughter of Okoloisewas
- Authorities believe they were caught in fast-moving tides fueled by high winds
- They were travelling half mile of water between Bambarra Beach and Pelican Cay
Three American tourists have drowned in the Turks and Caicos Islands after apparently getting caught in a fast-moving tide fueled by high winds.
The bodies of Roy Perez, 38, and Irma Barrera, 33, from Lake Jackson, were confirmed to have died along with another man ABC13 confirmed.
The married couple were among five tourists, from two Texas families, who got into difficult waters in the middle of Caicos.
They were holidaying along with their 15-year-old daughter, the site reports.
The third victim Dr. Richard Okoloise was said to be vacationing with the couple and his daughter, according to KPRC.
It is not clear whether the victims were on the beach or in the water when the incident occurred.
They had been exploring scenic Bambarra Beach on the sparsely populated island of Middle Caicos when disaster struck on Monday, police and local residents said.
Two young girls were plucked from the ocean by rescuers and are being cared for by local social welfare services.
Married couple Roy Perez (right), 38, and Irma Barrera (left), 33, of Lake Jackson, Texas, were confirmed to be among three who died in Turks and Caicos
Dr. Richard Okoloise (left) Barrera and Perez (right) and the two family's daughters got into trouble in fast-moving waters. Two young girls were rescued from the waters by authorities
The Turks and Caicos islands southeast of the Bahamas is a popular tourist destination in the Caribbean
The body of Barrera, a registered nurse, washed ashore shortly after the incident.
Searchers scouring the beaches recovered the second body a few hours later and the third was discovered early this morning with assistance from the US Coast Guard.
Residents said the families may have been attempting to cross the half-mile distance through shallow water from Bambarra Beach to nearby Pelican Cay.
Police Commissioner Trevor Botting described the incident as a 'very human and terrible tragedy.'
Botting said: 'Five tourists from two families got into difficulties in the waters off Middle Caicos. Whilst two children were thankfully recovered alive from the water, two adults related to one of the girls were recovered but sadly they had died. One other man, related to the other child, was found early today and has also died.'
'This was a tragic loss of life and obviously all of us are asking every question we can about what went wrong.
'Our thoughts and our prayers go out to everyone, most especially the children involved.
Sharing the tragic news on social media, Barrera's sister Isella Garza wrote: 'My heart is BROKEN!!! Life will never be the same.
'Wish I could just wake up,' she added in a later response.
Barrera (left) and Perez (right) were holidaying in Turks and Caicos with their 15-year-old daughter
Okoloise (far right) was described as a committed doctor whose work took him on travels around the world. One account explained that anyone who met him for even a short amount of time would end up smiling
Another mourner wrote: 'You will forever be in our hearts. I’ve been so heartbroken since yesterday. We will never forget you! May you and Irma Rest In Peace in God’s eternal kingdom and may perpetual light shine upon you!'
Claudia Conlin posted on Perez's Facebook page: 'Heart heavy, Small town friend! Prayers for your girls & family RIP buddy this is a very sad day.'
Okoloise was said to be a travelling doctor who 'loved medicine' and would leave you smiling even if you on met him for a few seconds, KPRC reported. His travels took him to Guatemala in April 2018 as part of a spring mission.
In an earlier statement, Botting praised the 'heroic effort' from respondents including Marine Branch Officers, officers on Middle Caicosand other officers from sister islands.
'We live in a world filled with many bad things, but we still have good Samaritans,' he added.
The tragedy has triggered calls locally for increased warning signs on the islands´ often deserted beaches.
The Turks and Caicos Islands is British overseas territory that consists of two island chains southeast of the Bahamas.