26 Dec, 2019 @ 16:32
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British father who died in Costa del Sol pool tragedy on Christmas Eve named as London church manager

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TRAGIC: Gabriel with daughter Comfort (FACEBOOK)

THE three Britons who died in a pool accident on the Costa del Sol on Christmas Eve have today been named.

The father has been named as Gabriel Diya, 52, and his children Praise Emmanuel, 16, and Comfort, nine.

The three family members were found unresponsive in a swimming pool at Club La Costa World, in Fuengirola on Spain’s Costa del Sol.

Mr Diya’s Facebook account describes him as a manager of Open Heavens London, a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, based in Charlton.

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Gabriel Diya, 52, and Comfort, age nine

His is listed in his introduction as a ‘Pioneer, Life coach, Entrepreneur, Student, Property Manager, Businessman & PAL Leader’.

The church was not contactable on Boxing Day.

It is understood that the father and daughter are both British, while the son is American.


Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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