The three people who died in a pool accident on the Costa del Sol on Christmas Eve have been named.
The father has been named as Gabriel Diya, 52, and his children Praise Emmanuel, 16, and Comfort, nine.
They were found unresponsive in the pool at Club La Costa World in Fuengirola.
Mr Diya’s Facebook account describes him as a manager of Open Heavens London, a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, based in Charlton.
The church was not contactable on Boxing Day.
His is listed in his introduction as a “Pioneer, Life coach, Entrepreneur, Student, Property Manager, Businessman & PAL Leader”.
He also says he is a Property Manager at Flobis Properties Limited, a co-ordinator at Christian Innovations aka Christiannovations and a former co-Founder at Missio Africanus.
It is understood that the father and daughter are both British, while the son is American.
The incident occurred after the girl got into difficulties in the water and her brother and father tried to rescue her, it has been reported.
Local reports said Spanish police were investigating the pool pump for a possible failure.
A report in Malaga’s Diario Sur newspaper said Comfort’s swimming cap was found in the pool’s filter system but hotel operator CLC World Resorts and Hotels said inquiries have found “no concerns relating to the pool in question” and the incident appears to be a “tragic accident”.
The children’s mother is one of the people who raised the alarm.
A witness said Mr Diya’s wife prayed as emergency life saving treatment was carried out, according to a report in the Mirror.
Father-of-three Josias Fletchman was quoted as saying: “The mum was praying for them to come back to life.
“She was calm. She was touching their bodies. She continued praying even after the ambulance people arrived and had stopped trying to revive them.”
Another daughter was reportedly on the holiday but was not hurt.
Local radio host Giles Brown told Sky News the children’s mother is receiving counselling from Spanish police.
He said the family were booked into the resort on 21 December and were due to fly back out on 28 December.
“Detectives have taken away the pump system, looking at motors to see if it was an electrical or mechanical failure, but at the moment there is no information on what could have caused this tragedy,” he said.
Holiday operator CLC World Resorts and Hotels said management were assisting authorities “fully” with an investigation into the deaths.
The holiday operator’s statement said: “Management at Club La Costa World resort would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to the family affected by the loss of three family members on 24 December 2019.
“Naturally, our primary concern remains the care and support of the remaining family members; we would therefore request that their privacy be respected at this traumatic time.”
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are offering assistance to a British woman following an incident in Spain.”
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