A Nigerian pastor and his two children reportedly died in a drowning incidence in Spain.
Identified as Gabriel Diya, the 52-year-old pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, his 16-year-old son, Praise Emmanuel and 9-year-old daughter, Comfort, drowned inside the swimming pool in the Costa del Sol resort in Southern Spain on December 24.
The pastor and his 16-year-old son drowned after they jumped in a pool to save his 9-year-old daughter.
The pastor was on a family vacation with his wife and their children. Unfortunately, his daughter Comfort got into difficulty while playing in one of the 21 swimming pools in the resort.
Diya and his teenage son jumped in to try to save her but also struggled in the water. Despite poolside attempts to resuscitate them, all three died at the scene.
His wife, Olubunmi, who was with them prayed fervently as CPR was performed on her husband and children.
Sadly, they were all confirmed dead by the doctors. Post-mortem examinations carried out on Christmas Day confirmed death by drowning.
After the incident, police carried out an investigation and could find nothing wrong with the pool’s filtration and pump system.
The pool has since been reopened to the public.
Pastor Gabriel Diya has also been identified as the Parish Pastor of Open Heavens, Charlton in London.