Two RCCG Pastor children drown during vacation in Spain

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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