A pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God , Gabriel Diya; his daughter , Comfort (nine ) , and son, Praise (16 ), have drowned in a pool at the Club La Costa World Complex , Spain .
Gabriel , who headed the Open Heavens branch of the church in Charlton, South – East London, United Kingdom , was said to have gone to the complex with his family as tourists when tragedy struck on Christmas Eve .
The Daily Mail UK reported that the 52- year – old and his two children drowned because they could not swim .
The paper reported that Gabriel ’ s wife , Olubunmi (49) , and their younger daughter , Favour (14 ), who were also on the trip, were not harmed .
According to reports , Favour had returned to their holiday apartment alone without Comfort , which alarmed their parents.
After querying her on her sister’ s whereabouts, the family was said to have dashed to the pool and found Comfort in difficulties under the water.
The cleric and his son, Praise , were said to have jumped into the water in a failed bid to save her , which ended with both of them also drowning.
A resort worker , who dived into the water to recover the three bodies , said he also experienced difficulties reaching the surface and exiting the pool .
A witness, Josias Fletchman , narrated how Olubunmi stayed calm and prayed while he performed CPR on the three victims with some staff members of the resort .
He 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 . ”
But the resort chiefs said the Civil Guard , the police force leading the investigation into the triple tragedy, had given them permission to reopen the pool .
The pool was said to be one of several on the sprawling holiday complex , but was being little used because it was not heated like others.
Counsellors are now said to be comforting the widowed mum and her surviving daughter.
On Thursday , the family told investigators that none of their relatives could properly swim and only nine – year – old Comfort had “some idea . ”
Autopsies performed at Malaga ’ s Institute of Forensic Medicine confirmed that the British father and his two children died by drowning .
Pathologists found no signs of any external injuries or evidence that they had been poisoned , during the examinations .
Medical experts have also found nothing pointing to Favour suffering any chlorine poisoning .
The 14- year – old was examined after the police were told she had been swimming with her younger sister shortly before the tragedy unfolded .
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