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Pair named after swimming pool deaths

A man and a woman found dead in a swimming pool at a hotel were named at an inquest today.

Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from south London were discovered in the water at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Saturday evening.

Ms Foday's birthday was the previous day and she was at the hotel to celebrate.

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Couple drowned, say police

A man and woman found dead in a swimming pool at a country hotel both drowned, police said.

The bodies of the pair, a man in his early 30s and a woman in her early 20s from the London area, were discovered at the Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Saturday evening.

Essex Police said that a provisional post-mortem examination found that their deaths were consistent with drowning.

A spokesman added: "Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to their deaths but are treating them as non-suspicious.

"Further routine tests will be undertaken and a report will be prepared for the HM Coroner's inquest hearing."

The couple will not be identified until the inquest into their deaths is opened, he added.

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Hotel pool deaths investigated

Police are investigating the unexplained deaths of a couple from London who were found in the swimming pool of a hotel near Bishop's Stortford.

Emergency services were called to Down Hall Country House Hotel yesterday evening. Tonight, officers are looking into several theories including the possibility they were overcome by toxic fumes.

The manager of the hotel, Chris Falcus, has issued this statement:

"We are devastated by this tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those concerned. As soon as the alarm was raised, two of our team dived into the pool and did everything they could to try to save them. We are cooperating fully with the police investigation."

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Statement from hotel manager

The manager of the hotel, near Bishop's Stortford, where two two guests died after being found in the swimming pool has just issued this statement.

We are devastated by this tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those concerned. As soon as the alarm was raised, two of our team dived into the pool and did everything they could to try to save them. We are cooperating fully with the police investigation.

– Chris Falcus, Down Hall Country House in Hatfield Heath
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Guests found dead at exclusive hotel

Police are investigating two deaths at the hotel Credit: PA wire

Police are investigating the deaths of two guests at the Down Hall County House Hotel near Bishop's Stortford, after a man and a woman were found underwater at the hotel's swimming pool last night.

Hotel staff and ambulance crews tried to revive them but both were later pronounced dead at the scene.

The hotel is one of the most exclusive venues in Hertfordshire and Essex, and was the location for the wedding of reality TV star Jade Goody and Jack Tweed in 2009.

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Police probe hotel swimming pool deaths

Detectives are investigating the deaths of two guests at a hotel at Hatfield Heath near Bishop's Stortford. Officers were called to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Matching Road at about 7.35pm on Saturday April 27 after a man and a woman had been found under water in the hotel’s swimming pool.

Hotel staff and ambulance crews tried in vain to revive them but both were later pronounced dead at the scene. The deaths are being treated as unexplained. The man, in his 30s and the woman, in her 20s, are believed to be from London. Post mortem examinations are to be carried out tomorrow.