/Father and children who died in Spanish pool in Christmas Eve tragedy named

Father and children who died in Spanish pool in Christmas Eve tragedy named

A father and his two children who died in a pool accident in Spain on Christmas Eve have been named.

Gabriel Diya, 52, and his son Praise Emmanuel, 16, and daughter Comfort, nine, died at the Club La Costa World in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.

Mr Diya is believed to be a manager of Open Heavens London, a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Charlton, south London, reports Mirror Online.

The incident happened when the girl got into difficulties and her brother and father tried to help her, it is reported.

Their mother raised the alarm and she is being helped by Spanish police.

The swimming pool at the Club La Costa World Holiday resort
(Image: AP)

The family had arrived in the resort on December 21 for a week’s holiday.

Detectives have taken away the pool’s pump system to check if there was an electrical or mechanical fault that contributed to the tragedy.

Police said divers had retrieved the girl’s swimming hat from the pool’s pump.

The holiday operator, CLC World Resorts and Hotels, said it is assisting fully with the investigation into the deaths.

“The Guardia Civil have carried out a full investigation which found no concerns relating to the pool in question or procedures in place,” it said.

“Which leaves us to believe this was a tragic accident which has left everyone surrounding the incident in shock.”

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A Foreign Office spokesperson said it is “offering assistance” to a British woman following an incident in Spain.

Father and daughter are both British passport holders, while his son has an American passport.

The hotel pool has reopened after the police gave it permission to do so.

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