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Man (24) dies after seizure at Belfast swimming pool

By Claire Williamson

A 24-year-old man has died after suffering a seizure at a Belfast swimming pool.

It happened at 8pm on Tuesday evening at the Olympia Swimming Pool.

It's understood the man suffered from epilepsy and took a seizure in the swimming pool.

The man was rescued from the water by a lifeguard and first-aid trained staff attended and commenced CPR before an ambulance was called.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they responded to the call within two minutes and further resuscitation attempts were made.

It is understood he then suffered another seizure in the ambulance and died on the way to the hospital.

A spokeswoman for Belfast City Council said: "We currently await a full report on the incident where a young man died en route to hospital after being rescued from from the pool at Olympia Leisure Centre.

"He was taken from the pool by a lifeguard after getting into difficulty on Tuesday night.  First aid staff performed CPR until the ambulance service arrived .

"Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

Alliance councillor Kate Nicholl said a full investigation is underway.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "My thoughts are with his family and his friends. There are no words - it's just so tragic and he's so young."

Ulster Unionist councillor Jeffrey Dudgeon said: “It’s the worst news a family could receive and indeed sad for the young man to lose his life at such a young age.

“Staff at the leisure centre were left distressed by his death but they did their best in the tragic circumstances.”

Independent councillor Declan Boyle said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family.

“This must have been alarming and shocking for those in the swimming pool.

“I want to praise the efforts of the first aiders and emergency services who helped as this tragedy happened."

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