Three members of the same British family have been found dead on Christmas Eve after drowning in a swimming pool at a Costa Del Sol resort.
A father, his teenage son and daughter, 9, were found unresponsive in a swimming pool at Club La Costa World in Fuengirola, Spain.
The tragic incident reportedly occurred after the girl got into difficulties in the water and her brother, 16, and father, 52, tried to save her.
A holidaymaker staying at the resort, which is near the town of Fuengirola, said she saw “bodies covered in white sheets” by the side of the pool, and could hear “a woman crying aloud”.
It is understood that the father and daughter are both British, while the son is American.
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.”
CLC World Resorts and Hotels said 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.
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“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.