Drowned RCCG pas­tor’s wife to sue Span­ish ho­tel

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STRONG in­di­ca­tion has emerged that Mrs. Olubunmi Diya, the widow of the re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God’s pas­tor who drowned along­side his two chil­dren while swim­ming in a Span­ish ho­tel, may sue the com­pany.

The de­ceased, Gabriel Diya, 52; daugh­ter Com­fort Diya, nine; and son Praiseem­manuel Diya, 16; died on Christ­mas Eve at the Club La Costa World hol­i­day re­sort in Fuen­girola, Spain

The wo­man al­leged there was “some­thing wrong” with the pool they died in, ad­ding that she had hired a lawyer.

A Fuen­girola-based lawyer called Javier Tor also con­firmed he was now work­ing for Mrs Diya, a bri­tish me­dia out­let-metro. co.uk-re­ported on Satur­day.

ho­tel oper­a­tor CLC World re­sorts and ho­tels had said ‘dili­gent and ex­haus­tive’ po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions had con­firmed the pool was work­ing ‘nor­mally’ and there was “no mal­func­tion of any kind.”

Mrs Diya, how­ever, dis­agreed, in­sist­ing there was some­thing wrong with the swim­ming pool that made swim­ming dif­fi­cult for them.

The ‘ut­terly heart­bro­ken’ mother said she would miss her late hus­band and the two chil­dren.

She said ear­lier me­dia re­ports claim­ing they couldn’t swim were in­cor­rect. She said she be­lieved some­thing was wrong with the pool that must have made swim­ming dif­fi­cult for them at that point in time.’

The oper­a­tor of the Costa del Sol ho­tel how­ever stated that her claims were “di­rectly at odds with the find­ings of the po­lice re­port” into the tragedy.

Ac­cord­ing to The Guardia Civil in Spain, its in­ves­ti­ga­tion points to the in­ci­dent be­ing an ac­ci­dent caused by the vic­tims’ lack of swim­ming ex­per­tise when in the deep zone of the pool.

The state­ment read in part, “Our fam­ily is ut­terly heart­bro­ken by the events of last Tues­day, but we are com­forted and strength­ened by our strong faith in our Lord Je­sus Christ.

“We are deeply shocked, sad­dened and strug­gling to come to terms with their pass­ing. They all brought a joy and love to the world and to every­one that crossed their path. We love them all dearly, will al­ways re­mem­ber them in our hearts and miss them greatly.”

It added, “The whole fam­ily, all five of us went to the pool to­gether and were all present when the in­ci­dent oc­curred. The chil­dren were not left unat­tended.

“We fol­lowed the in­struc­tions dis­played by the pool­side at all times. The chil­dren went into the pool us­ing the steps but found them­selves dragged into the mid­dle, which was deeper and called for help when they could not get out.

“My daugh­ter did not fall into the wa­ter. My hus­band went in via the steps try­ing to help the two strug­gling while I ran to the nearby apart­ments shout­ing for help to as­sist my hus­band. by the time as­sis­tance came, the three of them were un­der the wa­ter.”

She added that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were ‘on­go­ing’ by Span­ish po­lice to de­ter­mine what hap­pened and claimed ‘no in­for­ma­tion has been passed to the fam­ily about their con­clu­sions.

ho­tel oper­a­tor CLC World re­sorts and ho­tels said ‘dili­gent and ex­haus­tive’ po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions had con­firmed the pool was work­ing ‘nor­mally’ and there was “no mal­func­tion of any kind.”

The com­pany added, “Our sym­pa­thies re­main with the fam­ily at what we un­der­stand must be a stress­ful and des­per­ately up­set­ting time for them.’ The Guardia Civil in Spain said: ‘The Civil Guard in­ves­ti­ga­tion, af­ter car­ry­ing out dif­fer­ent tests and tak­ing state­ments from dif­fer­ent peo­ple who were caught up in the Christ­mas Eve tragedy, points to a tragic ac­ci­dent which in prin­ci­ple was caused by the vic­tims’ lack of swim­ming ex­per­tise.”

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