Teacher Sian Marshall-Plewes died in the Dominican Republic

Sian Marshall-Plewes Sian Marshall-Plewes died in the early hours of Saturday

Tributes have been paid to an "inspiring" British teacher who died while swimming in the Dominican Republic.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed Sian Louise Marshall-Plewes, 36, of Lincoln, died in the early hours of Saturday.

It is thought she got into difficulty while swimming off Sosua Beach.

Pupils from the Priory City of Lincoln Academy described her as "a lovely woman" on a Facebook tribute page.

'Never, ever forgotten'

Hannah Wells posted: "You were always that supportive teacher that kept you calm through exams and kept smiling no matter what!"

Kay Holden wrote: "You always knew when I was upset and always managed to make me smile.

"I always wanted to return the favour seems like it won't happen now. You will never ever be forgotten."

Sian Louise Marshall-Plewes Ms Marshall-Plewes was described as "extremely popular"

Laura McIntosh wrote: "You inspired every pupil you taught."

Staff and pupils will attend a remembrance afternoon at the academy in Skellingthorpe Road at 14:00 BST on Saturday where lanterns will be released to celebrate Ms Marshall-Plewe's life.

A spokesperson for the academy said Ms Marshall-Plewes had been with the school since she qualified as an English teacher in 2003.

"As you can see from the Facebook comments Sian was an extremely popular teacher with staff and students," she said.

"Our thoughts are with Sian's family and friends at this sad time."

The FCO said it was providing consular assistance to Ms Marshall-Plewes's family "at this difficult time".

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