British boy who drowned on holiday in Mijas identified

The child, from north London, was on a family holiday

LAST UPDATED: 20 Aug, 2015 @ 11:13
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The Berkovits family, with drowning victim Refoel circled

THE British child who drowned at the Mijas Golf urbanisation on Sunday evening (August 16) has been identified as four-year-old Refoel Berkovits.

The boy was on a family holiday with his five siblings and their parents, Moses and Dena, both 36, as well as a large group of friends.

Refoel was reportedly playing with the other children around a swimming pool at his family’s holiday villa while the adults had dinner.

His body was discovered floating in the water around 9pm, and despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after emergency services arrived.

The family hails from Golders Green, north London, and in keeping with their Orthodox Jewish beliefs, they requested a non-invasive scan instead of a postmortem examination of the child.

The family returned home to the UK on Monday (August 15) and Refoel was buried the following day.

 

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