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A man and two children drowned in a hotel pool on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Spanish police are investigating the pool's suction system.
The three victims were found unconscious in the pool at Club La Costa World in Mijas, Malaga, on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, at 13.30 pm (12.30 pm in mainland Portugal).
A nine-year-old girl had been struggling in the water and her 53-year-old father and 16-year-old brother tried to rescue her.
"Resort staff heard shouts and tried to help with resuscitation maneuvers, but failed" to save them, said Fernando Torres, a local journalist, quoted by BBC.
"Then the emergency teams arrived and tried for 30 to 35 minutes but failed to revive them," he added.
The father and daughter are British, and the brother is American, according to the BBC.
The children's mother and another child were not at the scene when the drownings occurred.
The family had planned to be on holiday in Mijas between December 21 and 28.
The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that it is assisting a British citizen in Spain.
The Spanish Civil Guard is investigating whether the deaths may be related to a failure of the pool's suction system.
In the absence of autopsy results to clarify the circumstances in which the three deaths occurred, the agents of the Special Guard Group Underwater Activities also checked the pool motors and whether there were clothes of any of the dead victims, as well as take water samples, reports Efe.
Club La Costa World regretted this and said it is assisting the authorities in investigating the three deaths.
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