December 25, 2019

Three members of British family die after drowning in swimming pool at their Costa Del Sol hotel
Three members of the same family were found dead in a swimming pool in the Costa Del Sol on Christmas Eve after a father, along with his teenage son, tried to save their nine-year-old daughter. The mother of the children, who witnessed the tragic event, was seen praying for them to come back to life as another tourist performed CPR on the family members.  The tragedy began when a nine-year-old girl got into difficulty in the swimming pool at the Club La Costa holiday resort. Her father, 52, and older brother, 16, jumped in after her but also became stuck and were found unresponsive shortly after. police were seen investigating the pool pump system at the resort after local media reported an experienced member of staff faced issues when trying to retrieve the three family members from the pool. Investigators are understood to have analysed the circulation system including the pump and network of skimmers and drains to check for any suction problems which could be deadly for young children. The incident reportedly happened at the Club La Costa World resort, a short drive from Fuengirola Credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images But last night, the resort management said: “The Guardia Civil have carried out a full investigation which found no concerns relating to the pool in question or procedures in place, which leaves us to believe this was a tragic accident which has left everyone surrounding the incident in shock.” Late on Christmas Day, they confirmed the Civil Guard had authorised the reopening of the pool where the tragedy took place. Father-of-three Josias Fletchman, who attempted to save the lives of the three holidaymakers, said the mother “stayed calm” as she touched her loved ones’ and prayed their hearts would start beating again while he tried to save her husband’s life. The 35-year-old from Manchester told how he returned to the apartment block where the tragedy occurred as staff at holiday complex Club La Costa World were pulling the three out of the water. Mr Fletchman described the family as being of Afro-Caribbean descent like him and from the London area. Mr Fletchman said: “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. "She exercised her faith to the limit. I was performing CPR on her husband but I’m a believer and I prayed as well. “She strengthened me in the way she reacted. It just wasn’t meant to be.” Eni Raja, 22, originally from Norway but now living in Birmingham, added: “I saw the bodies with the three white blankets over them. “The mum was crying. I can’t get the image out of my mind.” Local reports say police have also searched for any items of clothing that might have got stuck in the pool drain and taken water samples to test ahead of the autopsies, which were due to take place on Christmas Day at Malaga’s Institute of Forensic Medicine. The results of the autopsies will be passed on to an investigating judge but are rarely officially made public in Spain. The names of the father and two children have not been released. Well-placed sources have confirmed the nine-year-old and her father were British, but the 16-year-old was travelling on an American passport. Trained counsellors are now spending time with the mother and her other child, thought to be a teenage daughter, while other relatives fly to Spain from the UK. Costa Club World spokesman Juan Jose Millan said: “The pool has all its paperwork in order and what we know from the Civil Guard is that there is no anomaly with the pool suction system which press reports have highlighted.   “But for us the most important thing at the moment is to care for the family and enable them to get the privacy and rest they need right now..” He added: “This has been a terrible occurrence and staff and some guests are receiving psychological support along with the family.” Some guests of the hotel had placed candles as a memorial to the three who lost their lives. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said after news of the tragedy emerged: “We are offering assistance to a British woman following an incident in Spain.”
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