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Three members of British family die in pool tragedy

The swimming pool in Las Lagunas de Mijas, southern Spain, where three members of a British family died on Chistmas Eve
The swimming pool in Las Lagunas de Mijas, southern Spain, where three members of a British family died on Chistmas Eve

By staff reporter

Three members of the same family have died at a holiday resort in the Costa del Sol.

The three people, all of whom are reported to be British, 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 yesterday.

In the statement, the firm, said that management were assisting the authorities "fully" with an investigation into the deaths at the resort, which is near the town of Fuengirola.

The incident reportedly occurred after a nine-year-old girl got into difficulties in the water and her brother (16) and father (52) attempted to rescue her.

A spokesperson for the resort added: "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. 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."

Local journalist Fernando Torres told the BBC it was a shocking scene.

"The resort workers heard the screaming and they tried to do CPR (resuscitation) as well, but they couldn't help them," the reporter said.

"Then the emergency doctors came and they tried for around 30-35 minutes, but they couldn't revive them," the local reporter added.

The Andalusia regional government said on Twitter police arrived at the scene in Mijas, near Malaga, in early afternoon after receiving a telephone call and found the bodies of a 53-year-old man, a nine-year-old and a 16-year-old floating in the pool.

"The officers discovered that the three... had died and nothing could be done to save them," the authorities said, adding that police were investigating the drownings, and psychologists were sent to the scene to help family members of the deceased.

Local media cited witnesses as saying the father and the 16-year-old son had jumped in the water to save the daughter who was drowning - but all three died in the tragedy.

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