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Training Exercise At Staten Island’s Lyons Pool Ends In Tragedy

One Man Dead, One In Critical Condition Following Endurance Test
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Lyons Pool on Staten Island on July 13, 2011 (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Lyons Pool on Staten Island on July 13, 2011 (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One man is dead and another in critical condition after a test of endurance went terribly wrong at a Staten Island pool Wednesday morning.

The men, both in their 20s — possibly training for military service, appeared to be testing their ability to remain underwater at the Lyons Pool in the Thompkinsville section of the borough.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Tragedy At Staten Island Pool

Lifeguards found the men facedown at the bottom of the pool around 8:30 a.m. They were pulled out of the water unresponsive and unconscious, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

“It’s an incomprehensible accident,” Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said. “The pool is 3 and a half feet or so across; an adult can easily stand in it with your head above water.”

A fire department spokesperson told the Staten Island Advance the men both went into cardiac arrest after being pulled from the water.

Both men were rushed to Richmond University Medical Center.

One of the men, who is a city lifeguard at another pool, was revived. The other man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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