Man, 82, dies after he is pulled from Y pool

Newton rescuers tried to save victim

An 82-year-old man died despite rescue efforts yesterday after being pulled from the pool of the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, fire officials said.

The Newton Fire Department responded to an emergency call from the Church Street facility at 10:34 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Paul Chagnon.


When crews arrived, YMCA staff had already removed the man from the water and used the onsite defibrillator to try to revive him, Chagnon said.

“Our people came in and did CPR; they got him breathing and a pulse,’’ but the man was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital, Chagnon said.

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Chagnon said the man was only under water for about 30 to 45 seconds and may have had a heart attack.

His name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

“Our YMCA family is mourning the loss of a longtime member and friend,’’ Lisa LaVallee, the YMCA’s director of marketing and communications, said in a written statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.’’


According to LaVallee, a lifeguard noticed the man struggling in the pool.

The man “became unconscious, and the lifeguard removed him from the water and initiated our emergency response plan,’’ she said.

“This included calling 911, performing CPR, and applying an automated external defibrillator kept on the pool deck. The Newton Fire Department responded quickly and took over care.’’

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