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Shock as swimmer in his 30s dies in city leisure centre pool

A MAN has died while swimming in a pool in a popular Dublin leisure centre.

The man in his 30s was taken from West Wood Club, on Clontarf Road, in Dublin 3, to the Mater Hospital yesterday where he was pronounced dead.

A garda spokesman said a coroner's inquest would determine the exact cause of death.

The incident occurred in the pool and there was nothing suspicious about the circumstances, he added.

"Gardai are investigating it for the purposes of preparing a file for the coroner," the spokesman told the Herald.

He said statements have to be taken. Fine Gael councillor for the area Gerry Breen told the Herald: "This is tragic. I'm a member myself and it's a shocking incident. I don't know the circumstances but my sympathies are with the man's family."

A West Wood spokesman said that at about 11.30am yesterday a regular swimmer in his mid-30s was observed in difficulty in the pool.


The man, who is believed to be from Eastern Europe, was immediately taken from the water by lifeguards and a swimming coach.

"The lifeguards and pool supervisor immediately began first aid and called emergency services. Emergency services soon arrived and took the gentleman to the Mater hospital where he later passed away," the spokesman said.

"The gardai are aware of an underlying medical condition but say we will have to wait for a coroner's report to identify the cause of death," he added.

"Our deepest sympathies and concern at this stage are with the family and friends of the gentleman," he said.