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Mother of Mijas drowning victims says her daughter had swimming lessons a week before the tragedy

Officers at the scene of the drowning.
Officers at the scene of the drowning. / FERNANDO TORRES
  • The Guardia Civil investigating the incident, in which a father and two of his children died in a pool at Club la Costa World on Christmas Eve, spoke last week of a "tragic accident" caused by "the victims' lack of skill in the water"

The mother and wife of the three holidaymakers who drowned in a pool at the Club la Costa World resort in Mijas on Christmas Eve has said that the victims did know how to swim.

The Diya family issued a statement on Friday night in response to the Guardia Civil's statement earlier that day saying that the deaths of 52-year-old Gabriel and two of his children had been a "tragic accident" caaused by "the victims' lack of skill in the water".

Through their lawyer Javier Toro, the family said that the three did know how to swim and that the youngest victim, the nine-year-old girl who first got into difficulties in the water, had had swimming lessons, the last being just a week before their Costa del Sol holiday.

"Something must have happened to cause the drowning of three people in a holiday complex," said Toro who added, "They came on holiday and the three died in the same pool, which is very, very strange, very, very improbable; there must have been more casues that a simple accident as the Guardia Civil has indicated."

The lawyer said that the Guardia Civil's statement that the victims did not know how to swim, could have been the result of "an interpretation error in the translation or in the statements".

The tragedy occurred on Christmas Eve afternoon when the family's youngest daughter, aged nine, got into difficulties in the pool and her 16-year-old brother jumped in to help her. According to the account given by the family's 14-year-old daughter, who witnessed the scene, he also had problems keeping afloat and the father of the family jumped in to help, suffering the same difficulties.