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Pensioner dies during early morning Bexley swim

PUBLISHED: 16:48 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 08 August 2013

A pensioner collapsed and died during an early morning swim at a Bexley leisure centre on Monday (August 5).

The 79-year-old man was swimming at Crook Log Leisure Centre in Crook Log, Bexleyheath, at 6.30am when he collapsed in the pool from a cardiac arrest.

Bexley Council and Parkwood Leisure, which runs Crook Log, released a joint statement, which said: “One of the two duty lifeguards quickly entered the pool to get the man out of the water.

“Both lifeguards, who are fully-qualified first aiders, then tried to resuscitate him. Paramedics arrived to continue efforts to resuscitate the man before he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where, sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

Did you see what happened? Did you know the man? Contact the newsdesk on 0208 477 3858, email robin.cottle@archant.co.uk or tweet @BexleyTimes to leave your tributes.

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