The Spanish police have described the death of three members of a British-Nigerian family in a swimming pool at a hotel resort as a “freak accident”.
The victims: Gabriel Diya, a 52-year-old pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in London; his daughter, Comfort, nine; and his son, Praise-Emmanuel, 16, all died at the Club La Costa World complex in Spain on Christmas Eve.
Diya’s wife, Olubunmi, 49, and younger daughter, Favour, 14, were also at the venue of the incident but were unharmed.
A statement from the Spanish Guardia Civil said investigations indicated the accident was “caused by the lack of expertise of the victims when swimming”.
The police stated that its findings made it “clear that their exhaustive investigations have confirmed the pool was working normally and there was no malfunction of any kind”.
The statement noted that tests had found ‘no irregularity’ in the pool’s system.
The Spanish police handed the conclusions of their initial report to a magistrate and the findings will later be made public, according to the BBC.
But Mrs Diya rejected the police’s conclusions, saying that she is “not satisfied” with the report describing her husband and child’s demise as “simple deaths”, and has asked for further investigation.
According to Javier Toro, a lawyer acting for Mrs Diya, the bereaved wife and mother in a previous statement insisted that all three persons killed in the pool could swim.
Toro said her client maintained that “something was wrong” with the pool after police divers found the swimming cap of her late daughter around the pool pump area.
‘It’s very rare for three people.
‘Something must have happened apart from a simple error or simple accident.
‘Clearly the death of three people at the same time in a pool makes it evident that something very strange happened. It’s an event that must be studied,” Toro was quoted as saying by the BBC.
However, CLC World Resorts and Hotels, operators of the Costa Del Sol, said Mrs Diya’s claims are “directly at odds with the findings of the police report”.
In a statement, the hotel stressed that police findings made it ‘clear that their exhaustive investigations have confirmed the pool was working normally and there was no malfunction of any kind’.