British dad and his two children who drowned in Costa del Sol swimming pool are named
Nine-year-old Comfort is thought to have got into difficulties before her dad, Gabriel, and brother jumped in to help (Picture: Solarpix)

A British father who drowned along with two of his children in a swimming pool in the Costa del Sol was a Christian pastor.

Gabriel Diya, 52, his daughter Comfort Diya, nine, and son Praise-Emmanuel Diya, 16, are understood to have died in the triple tragedy on Christmas Eve.

Investigators are trying to determine how all three members of the same family lost their lives at the Club La Costa World complex near Fuengirola.

Reports suggest Comfort struggled in the water before her brother and father attempted to rescue her.

Spanish media said police were investigating the pool pump for a possible failure which may have prevented them reaching the surface.

Malaga’s Diario Sur newspaper said Comfort’s swimming cap was found in the pool’s suction system.

Gabriel Diya, 52, and Comfort, nine.
Gabriel Diya, 52, and Comfort, nine, are understood to have died in the tragedy
Gabriel Diya.
Mr Diya reportedly died trying to save his daughter

Inquiries have found ‘no concerns relating to the pool in question’ and the incident appears to be a ‘tragic accident’, according to hotel operator CLC World Resorts and Hotels.

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The firm said in a statement: ‘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.’

Mr Diya’s Facebook account lists him as a pastor at Open Heavens London, a Christian religious group with origins in Nigeria, based in Charlton, south-east London.

In a post celebrating new year 2018, he wrote: ‘I am so grateful to the ALMIGHTY GOD, the OWNER of my life, my Maker, my Shield, my Exceeding Joy & my Sustainer for everything and for all things since all these years.’

No-one from the organisation was immediately available to comment.

**ALL ROUND PICTURES FROM SOLARPIX.COM** **UK ONLINE USAGE FEE PER PIC 1st ?40.00,2nd ?20,00 INCLUDING VIDEO GRABS. - NO PRICE CAP - VIDEO FEES AT STANDARD RATES** **FULL COPY BY GERARD COUZENS -TEL: +34 659 567 821** JOB REF:21476 FTM/GC/JCM DATE:24.12.19 Caption: THREE members of the same British family have died at a Costa del Sol holiday resort. The tragedy occurred after a nine-year-old girl got into difficulties in the resort?s swimming pool and her older brother and their father jumped into the water to save her. This pic:Police Divers at Club La Costa resort pool where Brit family drowned **MUST CREDIT SOLARPIX.COM AS CONDITION OF PUBLICATION** **SOLARPIX RIGHTS - WORLDWIDE SYNDICATION** **CALL US ON: +34 952 811 768**
The tragedy occurred at Club La Costa resort (Picture: Solarpix)
**ALL ROUND EXCLUSIVE PICTURES FROM SOLARPIX.COM** **UK ONLINE USAGE FEE PER PIC ??50.00** INCLUDING VIDEO GRABS. - NO PRICE CAP - VIDEO FEES AT STANDARD RATES** **FULL COPY BY GERARD COUZENS -TEL: +34 659 567 821** JOB REF: 21479 FTM/GC/ DATE:24.12.19 Caption: **THIS PICTURE IS NOT INCLUDED IN NEWSPAPER COMMISISON DEALS OR ORDERS AND WILL BE CHARGED SEPERATELY** POLICE divers have discovered the swimming cap of the British girl who drowned with her dad and brother in their Costa del Sol holiday pool, it emerged today/yesterday (THURS). Respected local paper Diario Sur said the cap had been found in the pool pump system by investigators trying to discover why all three members of the same family lost their lives. This pic:Civil Guard Police inspect the Pool shortly after the accident on the 24.12.19 **MUST CREDIT SOLARPIX.COM AS CONDITION OF PUBLICATION** **SOLARPIX RIGHTS - WORLDWIDE SYNDICATION** **CALL US ON: +34 952 811 768**
Divers earlier recovered the nine-year-old’s swimming cap from the pool’s pump system (Picture: Solarpix)

A witness, dad-of-three Josias Fletchman, from Manchester, said of the incident: ‘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.’

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Another daughter was reportedly on the family holiday but unharmed.

It is understood Mr Diya and Comfort were British citizens, while Praise-Emmanuel was an American citizen.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: ‘We are offering assistance to a British woman following an incident in Spain.’

Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens.

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