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

One Man Dead, One In Critical Condition Following Endurance Test

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.

  • RIP

    When I was young like them I used to love to do just that,,to hold my breath under water and the most I got to hold it for was two sometimes three minutes…and Thank God that never happened to me…I did that trick way into my 30s…I was no swimmer not at all, I am still not able to swim….I will admit that I did it due to a whole lot of stress in me and by doing that it releaved that stress…I did it every time I took baths in my bath tub….I thought it a whole lot of fun…

    I feel so bad that these two had this happen to them it could have been me…
    May they rest in peace…

    • Jake

      Only one of them passed away but this is an accident that can happen way too often in our public and private pools may it be accident or in this case a test of enduranc. I mean the should not have been doing this in the first place, even I know that and I am only fourteen.

  • jtorres

    There’s got to be more to this story. Testing their endurance to remain underwater? And one is a lifeguard? In three and a half feet of water? Something is seriously wrong when 2 men in their 20’s are found facedown in a pool at 8:30 AM I think the truth is much worse and we’ll find out soon enough

  • Rick

    It’s called a CO2 build up. Eventually you pass out and if underwater drown.

    • jtorres

      I get that, but your survival instinct kicks in when you start ingesting water and you reach for the surface or in this case, stand up. And why would both of them do it at the same time? Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to do it one at a time so the other could help if trouble arises? And wouldn’t a lifeguard know enough not to take that kind of a risk? It just sounds fishy to me

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