London pastor father and two children who drowned at Costa Del Sol hotel, Gabriel Diya Biography, Wiki, Family, Children, Net Worth

Gabriel Diya Biography – Wiki

The British father and his two children who drowned in a Costa del Sol swimming pool have today been named.

Gabriel Diya, 52, his daughter Comfort Diya, nine, and his son Praise-Emmanuel Diya, 16, died at the Club La Costa World complex in Spain on Christmas Eve.

Gabriel Diya Family

Mr Diya, who was a Christian minister in south-east London, and his little girl are both comprehended to be British while his child was going on a US identification.

His significant other Olubunmi Diya, 49, and more youthful little girl Favor Diya, 14, were additionally on the occasion yet were safe.

It is expected that the family could have succumbed to a suction issue which made it unimaginable for the nine-year-old young lady’s dad and sibling to protect her after she got into challenges.

Today it was revealed that police divers had found her swimming cap as they investigate the Christmas tragedy.

But the exact circumstances of their deaths remained a mystery this morning as resort chiefs said they had been given permission to reopen the pool and insisted a police investigation had found ‘no concerns’ with it.


Mr Diya was a pastor at Open Heavens London in Charlton, south-east London, which is part of a network called the Redeemed Christian Church of God.


London pastor father and two children who drowned at Costa Del Sol hotel

Nobody from the association was quickly accessible to remark.

Post-mortem examinations performed at Malaga’s Institute of Forensic Medicine have affirmed that the British dad and his two youngsters passed on by suffocating.

Pathologists found no indications of any outer wounds, or proof they had been harmed, during the assessments.

Medicinal specialists have additionally discovered nothing highlighting nine-year-old Comfort’s sister Favor enduring any chlorine harming.

The 14-year-old was inspected after police were told she had been swimming with her more youthful sister in a matter of seconds before the Christmas Eve dramatization unfurled.

Police said yesterday in front of the post-mortem examinations that they were keeping a receptive outlook and ‘all alternatives’ were being analyzed.

Comfort’s parents are understood to have found the nine-year-old in difficulties under the water after rushing to the pool when the older girl returned to their holiday apartment alone and they quizzed her on her sister’s whereabouts.

Mr Diya and his 16-year-old son Praise Emmanuel jumped in the water in a failed bid to save her which ended with them also drowning, it is believed.

Yesterday a witness told how mother Olubunmi ‘stayed calm’ and prayed as he performed CPR with resort staff on the three tourists.

Father-of-three Josias Fletchman, from Manchester, said in a moving account of how he tried to save them: ‘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.

‘She strengthened me in the way she reacted. It just wasn’t meant to be.’


Reports say a resort worker who dived into the water to recover the three bodies has said he had also experienced difficulties reaching the surface and exiting the pool.

But late last night resort chiefs said the Civil Guard, the police force leading the investigation into the triple tragedy, had given them permission to reopen the pool.

The pool is one of several on the sprawling holiday complex but was being little used because it was not heated like some others.

Resort operator CLC World Resorts and Hotels put out a statement which said: ‘All at Club La Costa World resort are devastated by the tragedy that unfolded on Christmas Eve 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 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.’

They also confirmed the Civil Guard had authorised the reopening of the pool, indicating that police feel there is no risk to bathers of a repeat of the Christmas Eve horror.

Civil Guard investigators have yet to make any official comment on the swimming cap find.

According to newspaper Diario Sur, the discovery was made by specialist police divers.

A pool expert quoted by the newspaper described as ‘very remote’ but not impossible a situation in which drains on the pool floor could become dangerous and suck people underwater if skimmers and other cleaners stopped working.

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

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

Counsellors are now comforting the widowed mum affected by the latest pool tragedy and her survivor daughter.

Relatives have flown from the UK to be by their side.

Well-placed sources said the teenage son who drowned was travelling on an American passport but described her husband and nine-year-old girl as British passport holders.

An FCO spokesperson said after news of the tragedy emerged: ‘We are offering assistance to a British woman following an incident in Spain.’

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