Chennai

Man dies in swimming pool

Tragic end: The deceased man dived into the water at a spot where the depth is about 2.5 feet and is said to have lost consciousness.

Tragic end: The deceased man dived into the water at a spot where the depth is about 2.5 feet and is said to have lost consciousness.  

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Facility closed to public, will reopen only on Monday

A 38-year-old man, who had come with his children to the Corporation Swimming Pool at the Marina on Tuesday, died after he dived into the pool for a swim.

Safiullah of Thambu Chetty Street in Mannadi was a manager at a private firm in the city. According to the police, he used to take his children to the pool every morning for swimming classes.

On Tuesday around 7.30 a.m , he brought his daughter and son to the pool. After leaving the children with the coach, he decided to take a swim. “He is suspected to have jumped into the water at a spot where the depth is about 2.5 feet,” said a police officer attached to the Anna Square police station.

‘Lost consciousness’

The officer added that Safiullah lost consciousness in the water. Other people in the pool, with the help of the staff pulled him out and rushed him to hospital. However, he was declared dead.

Safiulla’s body was sent to the Government Medical College in Omandurar for autopsy.

Based on a complaint, the Anna Square police registered a case and started an investigation. “We have registered a case of drowning for now, although it is impossible for an adult to drown in that pool. However, the exact cause of death, whether it was a heart attack or something else, will be known only after the post-mortem,” the officer said.

The swimming pool was closed for public after the incident and will be re-opened only on Monday. According to the swimming pool staff, the victim had been coming to the pool for the past three months.

“There are 30 staff in the pool and six CCTV cameras. Four more cameras will be installed soon to ensure the safety of the visitors,” said a staff.

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