Mum receives counselling after husband and her two children die in swimming pool

A British mum is receiving counselling from Spanish police after her husband and two children died in a resort swimming pool on Christmas Eve.

The tragedy occurred after her nine-year-old daughter got into difficulties in the resort’s swimming pool.

Her older brother, 16, and their father, 52, jumped into the water to save her, it is understood.

The horror incident happened around 1.30pm at Club La Costa World, a holiday resort overlooking the Med – a short drive from Fuengirola.

The children's mother is one of the people who raised the alarm.

Police are now examining the pump system of the swimming pool and are giving counselling to the mother.

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

Local reports say the family were booked into the resort on December 21 and were due to fly back out on December 28.

Radio host Giles Brown told Sky News : "Detectives have taken away the pump system, looking at motors to see if it was an electrical or mechanical failure, but at the moment there is no information on what could have caused this tragedy."

The hotel is said to be assisting authorities "fully" with an investigation into the deaths.

Club La Costa World is near the town of Fuengirola, around 20 miles south of Malaga.

In a statement, the holiday operator 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 24 December 2019.

"The guests were found unresponsive in one of the resort's pools. First response teams and emergency services attended and administered first aid.

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"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."

Hotel guest Tanya Aamer, 23, from Birmingham, said she saw "bodies covered in white sheets" by the side of the pool and heard "a woman crying aloud".

She 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."

Another resident said they were surprised by what happened because the maintenance team is "superb".

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are offering assistance to a British woman following an incident in Spain."

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