33 year old Marco Araujo saved two children in Portsmouth harbour last week.
The partner of a man missing at sea after he helped to rescue two children in Portsmouth Harbour last Thursday has paid tribute to him.
33 year old Marco Araujo of Grafton Street is described as a fabulous
dad, granddad, son, brother, uncle and friend.
There have been no confirmed sightings of Marco but police have told us they remain prepared for the potential recovery of his body.
In a statement issued through Hampshire Constabulary, Marco Araujo’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.”
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Hampshire Constabulary and the family would like to express their thanks again to partner agencies and members of the public for their considerable assistance. at the scene on Thursday.