Fa­ther and chil­dren die in pool ac­ci­dent

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

A BRI­TISH fa­ther and his two chil­dren drowned in a swim­ming pool at a re­sort in the Costa del Sol, in what is be­lieved to be a “tragic ac­ci­dent”, a hol­i­day op­er­a­tor said.

The three fam­ily mem­bers were found un­re­spon­sive in a pool at Club La Costa World on Christmas Eve, af­ter the nineyear-old girl strug­gled in the wa­ter and her brother, 16, and fa­ther, 52, re­port­edly tried to res­cue her.

Lo­cal re­ports said Span­ish po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pump and suc­tion sys­tem for a pos­si­ble fail­ure, but in­quiries have found “no con­cerns re­lat­ing to the pool in ques­tion”, said op­er­a­tor CLC World Re­sorts and Ho­tels.

In a state­ment it 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.

“Nat­u­rally, our primary con­cern re­mains the care and sup­port of the re­main­ing fam­ily mem­bers; we would there­fore re­quest that their pri­vacy be re­spected at this trau­matic time.”

It is un­der­stood the fa­ther and daugh­ter are both Bri­tish, while the son is Amer­i­can.

A wit­ness said the mother prayed for her hus­band and chil­dren as he per­formed CPR at the Mi­jas re­sort, near the town of Fuen­girola, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Mir­ror.

Fa­ther-of-three Josias Fletch­man was quoted as say­ing: “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.”

Of­fi­cials could not be reached yes­ter­day and no de­tails about the de­ceased have been re­leased.

A hol­i­day­maker at the ho­tel told the PA news agency she saw “bod­ies cov­ered in white sheets” by the pool, and could hear “a woman cry­ing aloud”.

Tanya Aamer, 23, from Birm­ing­ham, said: “The at­mos­phere as I was walk­ing past is in­de­scrib­able.

“Ob­vi­ously we’ve never been in that sit­u­a­tion be­fore so we kind of, just be­gan walk­ing slowly in a slight state of con­fu­sion as to what we’re wit­ness­ing, and even­tu­ally when we got to the bot­tom it was just si­lent, no talk­ing or any­thing.”

CLC World Re­sorts and Ho­tels also said: “All at Club La Costa World re­sort are devastated by the tragedy that un­folded on Tues­day, where a fa­ther and his two chil­dren were found un­re­spon­sive in a swim­ming pool and, de­spite the best ef­forts of our first re­sponse team and the emer­gency ser­vices, could not be re­vived. The man­age­ment are as­sist­ing the au­thor­i­ties fully with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deaths.”

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

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