Mother of pool victims who died in Spain states daughter received swimming lessons one week before death

Gabriel Diya sadly lost his life alongside his two children in Costa del Sol's Fengirola. Credit: Family handout.

THE mother who tragically lost her husband and two children in Spain after they died at a swimming pool on the Costa del Sol has stated that her daughter attended swimming lessons a week before her death.

The lawyer representing the Diya family also reveals that father Gabriel learnt how to swim when he was a child. The revelations discounts statements released by the Guardia Civil on Friday, December 27, which in response to the tragedy said that the victims drowned due to “a lack of expertise”. 

In the wake of the deaths at Club La Costa World in Malaga’s Fuengirola which claimed the lives of three people and shocked the community, it was announced yesterday by lawyer Javier Toro that the family would launch a parallel investigation, He stated that “three people do not drown on the same day by chance” and that the “family are not satisfied with the interpretation of the deaths to be a simple accident.” 

Mr Toro also made it clear that during statements given to the Guardia Civil by grieving mother Olubunmi Diya, that she had “never said that the three family members who died didn’t know how to swim”, contrary to reports. He also raised the theory that the swimming pool’s peculiar shape could have been a major factor that together with a malfunction of the suction system led to the deaths of Gabriel, 52, Comfort, 9, and Praise-Emmanuel, 16.

The mother also explained through her legal representatives that the five family members were together in the pool area of ​​the Club La Costa complex when the accident took place and that at no times were the children unsupervised, as reported initially by local media. She also pointed towards her family members being dragged into the middle of the pool and desperately calling out for help when they could not get out.

A firm statement was made by Mrs Diya has fuelled a demand for there to be a secondary investigation as she said: “I believe something was wrong with the pool that must have made swimming difficult for them at that point in time.”

As revelations continue to be made that discount versions from the Guardia Civil and CLC World Resorts and Hotels, the local community are putting their support behind an independent probe to be launched. 

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