Lifeguards and swimmers tried desperately to revive a woman
who died at a public pool in Wellington this morning.
The 49-year-old woman was aqua-jogging in the main pool at
the council-owned Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in
Kilbirnie when the incident happened about 6.40am.
Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the
woman appeared to have suffered "a tragic medical problem".
"She was noticed looking like she was in difficulty, so the
staff and other pool users went to her aid and offered her
CPR. They were unable to revive her."
A registered nurse was among the swimmers in the pool at the
time, he said.
"She helped out - she did great work. Other patrons helped
out. We closed the pool once CPR was underway," he said.
"By all accounts staff, other pool users, ambulance staff -
everyone did their best to try and revive her but
unfortunately it didn't happen."
An ambulance was called by a member of the public who
reported a person had drowned, a central ambulance
communications centre spokeswoman said.
Lifeguards used a defibrillator on the woman before ambulance
staff arrived, Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Daniel
Paramedics gave the woman further cardiac arrest treatment,
including more defibrillator treatment, but it was to no
Wellington police spokesman Nick Bohm said police, ambulance
and fire services all responded to the incident.
He said emergency services and the registered nurse, who lent
some valuable skills, spent "a considerable amount of time"
trying to revive the woman.
"But unfortunately, despite the skills and efforts of
everybody there, their efforts were unsuccessful."
Mt Bohm said the matter would be referred to the coroner.
"At this stage there are no suspicious circumstances around
the death. It looks like she has come to grief while in the
water, rather than a drowning."
The woman's name would be released once next-of-kin were
Mr MacLean said the pool has been closed this morning and the
staff who were directly involved in the incident had been
"Everyone here is obviously very upset about what's happened,
but we're offering the staff counselling," he said.
The pool was not expected to re-open until later this morning
or around midday, when other staff would be available.