Father and two children drowned in 'tragic accident' at Costa Del Sol resort

25 December 2019, 08:32

One of several pools at the resort
One of several pools at the resort. Picture: Google Maps

By Maddie Goodfellow

The hotel owners have said that the deaths were a "tragic accident" and claim there were "no faults" with the swimming pool as investigators start to look into the deaths.

A 52-year-old father, his nine-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son have drowned while on holiday at a holiday resort in the Costa del Sol.

Local reports say Spanish police are investigating the pump and suction system for a possible failure, as well as testing the water.

The three family members were found unresponsive in a swimming pool at Club La Costa World on Christmas Eve, a statement from holiday operator CLC World Resorts and Hotels said.

In a statement, the hotel group 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."

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

The girl got into difficulties while in the water and her brother and father attempted to rescue her, it has been reported.

A holidaymaker staying at the resort, which is near the town of Fuengirola, told reporters she saw "bodies covered in white sheets" by the side of 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 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."

The tragedy happened at Club La Costa World resort
The tragedy happened at Club La Costa World resort. Picture: Google

CLC World Resorts and Hotels said in an earlier statement that management were assisting the authorities "fully" with an investigation into the deaths at the resort.

The statement said: "Management at Club La Costa World resort would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to the family affected by the loss of three family members on December 24 2019.

"The guests were found unresponsive in one of the resort's pools.

"First response teams and emergency services attended and administered first aid.

"The management are assisting the authorities fully with their investigation into the deaths.

"We would like to thank our first response team and the emergency services for their quick and appropriate responses, and our staff for the continuing support of the family at this difficult time."

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

Police divers were inspecting the swimming pool, including the pump, following the incident, according to the Mirror.

If the pool pump was involved, it would not be the first tragedy of its kind.

In 2009, British schoolboy Nathan Clark drowned at a Thai water park after apparently being sucked into a pool's pumping system.

And a 12-year-old Russian girl died after she was reportedly trapped underwater when her arm was sucked into a swimming pool pump at a Turkish resort last summer.