Three members of the same British family have died at a hotel in the Costa Del Sol, according to reports.
It is understood that the incident occurred after a nine-year-old girl got into difficulties in a swimming pool at Club La Costa World and her older brother and their father jumped into the water to save her.
Police divers have been inspecting the pool’s pump amid fears that it may have played a role in the incident.
Well-placed sources described the girl and her father as British and 53-years-old but said the older boy, a 16-year-old, was travelling on an American passport.
The children’s mother is understood to have been one of the people who raised the alarm and is thought to have been interviewed by investigators.
There was no immediate official comment from resort chiefs about the Christmas Eve tragedy.
The sprawling holiday resort overlooks the Mediterranean and is just a short drive from Fuengirola.
One insider close to the ongoing probe said: “The girl’s brother and then the father jumped into the water when they saw she was in difficulties. All three have died.
“An investigation is ongoing so it is too early to say what has happened but specialist Civil Guard divers were mobilised after the gravity of what had occurred became apparent and one of the things they have looked at is the pool pump.”