Josias Fletchman

A man who performed CPR when a British family drowned in a pool at a resort on the Costa del Sol has said more could have been done to prevent the deaths.

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

Josias Fletchman comforted the children’s mother when medics called off attempts to revive her family.

Spanish police say the deaths were a tragic accident.

Mr Fletchman, from Manchester, who was on a family holiday at the time, said he first knew something was wrong when a Spanish woman ran into reception making a “death cry”.

Initial reports from the time suggested that Comfort got into difficulty in the pool and her brother and father dies trying to save her.

Mr Fletchman, a 35-year-old youth support worker, gave CPR to Praise-Emmanuel at the poolside but was unable to revive him.

After medics called off attempts to revive the three family members, Mr Fletchman said he held the hand of Gabriel Diya’s wife, Olubunmi, and prayed with her.

Her lawyers have questioned the thoroughness of the police investigation – and the recommendation to close the case after one week.


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