Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington and boyfriend Joe Pugh enjoy a paddle in the sea together during a summer break to Marbella
- Leah Washington, 19, from Barnsley, was one of two young passengers who lost a leg in Alton Towers crash
- She was on a date with her boyfriend of just six weeks, 18-year-old Joe Pugh, during incident in June 2015
- Couple have stayed together and are currently enjoying a sun-soaked holiday in Marbella, Spain
Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington and her boyfriend Joe Pugh paddled in the sea during a summer holiday in Marbella.
The couple were on their first proper date when the Smiler rollercoaster carriage smashed into a stationary train at the Staffordshire theme park in June 2015.
Leah, 19, from Barnsley, was one of two young passengers who lost a leg while her boyfriend Joe, suffered devastating injuries himself including two shattered kneecaps.
They have stayed together since the tragedy and are enjoying a summer break together in Spain where they have soaked up the sun, sipped cocktails by the pool and wandered through Marbella's old town.
Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington and her boyfriend Joe Pugh paddled in the sea during a summer holiday in Marbella
The 19 year old, who lost her leg in the horrific incident at the theme park, is enjoying her holiday in the sun with her boyfriend
The couple are enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in Marbella two years after their horrific ordeal at Alton Towers
The couple are on holiday in Marbella together and have shared pictures of them relaxing in the shade
Joe lovingly helps his girlfriend off from the sea onto the beach during their Marbella trip
The couple were spotted enjoying a paddle in the sea as they soaked up the sun in Marbella
The pair have shared loving snaps from their holiday in Puerto Banus, Marbella
The loved-up pair who stayed together since the accident were pictured paddling in the sea
Leah was one of two girls who had a leg amputated, while her boyfriend suffered shattered knee caps
The couple were spotted enjoying their vacation in Marbella two years since their horror crash
The couple held hands as they paddled in the sea on a sunny day in Marbella
The couple were seen enjoying their time in Marbella together on a glorious day in Spain
Joe helped Leah into the sea as they splashed around on a beach in Marbella
The couple gaze longingly into each other's eyes during their holiday of a lifetime in Marbella
Leah enjoyed a massage on the beach as her attentive boyfriend watched on
It comes after Leah posted a series of 'inspirational' bikini shots and said: 'I'm starting to feel confident in my own skin'.
She said: 'Going on holiday and wearing a bikini in front of so many other people was one of my biggest fears but now I'm starting to feel confident in my own skin (and bikini lol) and realise that every individual looks great in their own way'.
She added: 'And don't worry about what other people think, it's irrelevant'.
Her words have led to others calling her an 'inspiration'.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline in June, Leah, who is facing another round of surgery next month and has been receiving interim payments to cover medical bills, says she is adjusting to her life as an amputee and trying to decide what to do with her future.
An investigation into the 2015 accident concluded that the crash was due to human error. An engineer had wrongly restarted the ride while a stationary carriage was on the track in front of it.
Leah Washington, 19, finally feels comfortable in her skin two years after losing her leg on Smiler and is enjoying her holiday with boyfriend Joe Pugh, who was also injured on Smiler
The couple remain in love despite the trauma they have both suffered since the theme park crash
Leah Washington and Joe Pugh were photographed as they were seen heading for out for dinner to La Sala in Marbella last night
Leah's words and photographs yesterday about her injuries have led others calling her an 'inspiration'
This message of hope about her body confidence has resonated with many others
She was on a date with her boyfriend of just six weeks, 18-year-old Joe Pugh, who suffered devastating injuries himself including two shattered kneecaps. The couple are still together
Leah with friends enjoying the sunshine in Marbella, Spain, this week
The couple have stayed together since the trauma and have been away together in Marbella, Spain
Leah (second left) was on a date with her boyfriend of just six weeks, 18-year-old Joe Pugh (far left), who suffered devastating injuries during the crash himself
Her left leg was so badly crushed that doctors were forced to amputate. Leah and Joe made a last-minute decision to go on the ride, which had been experiencing technical difficulties
Leah has a 'hazy' memory of the hours following her accident - but remembers waking up from an induced coma the to discover her left leg had been amputated below the knee (pictured)
Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions were fined £5million for health and safety breaches blasted by Judge Michael Chambers QC as a 'catastrophic failure'.
They were fined an initial £5million, and interim payments have covered Leah and Joe's medical and physio bills to date - but the pair have also submitted a 'substantial' compensation claim.
A spokesperson for Alton Towers told MailOnline: 'From the outset we have sought to provide assistance and support to those that were injured and their families.
'Those individuals who have not yet settled their claims have received significant interim payments. Furthermore the company has regular direct contact with those seriously injured and continues to provide help and support wherever we can.'
Leah added: 'Merlin have looked after me and my family so well. I understand that complex claims like mine take a long time. I would like to thank them for all their support over the past two years.'
Leah and Joe arrived at Stafford Crown Court in September 2016, where Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd was fined £5million after admitting a health and safety breach following the Smiler crash which left five passengers with life-changing injuries
A total of 16 people were injured when the carriage they were in collided with an empty one that had come to a halt ahead of them - and were left dangling as they waited for help
Leah's £60,000 prosthetic leg - which contains a microprocessor knee - will need replacing every few years, which will amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds over her lifetime.
Loss of earnings also being taken into account, with experts saying the teen can expect a payout 'running into the millions' - but Leah insists she has no idea what the true figure will be.
Leah, then 17, had just finished school and passed her driving test on the day of the crash, and has a 'hazy' memory of the hours following her accident - but remembers waking up from an induced coma the following day to be told that her left leg had been amputated below the knee.
'I just cried and told [the doctor] to stop talking to me,' she recalled.
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