Woman dies at Wellington pool

Last updated 17:00 05/12/2013
Emergency services at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre
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The name of a 49-year-old woman who died at the Kilbirnie swimming pool this morning has been released.

She was Motuiliu Groom.

Fire, police, and ambulance were called to the eastern suburbs Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre at 6.45am, Inspector Ian Harris said.

It was initially described as a ''near drowning''.

Staff and other pool users spotted the woman alive but in trouble. They pulled her out of the water to start CPR.

When ambulance staff arrived they went into ''full cardiac arrest protocol'' but could not revive her. She was confirmed as dead at 7.40am.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the death was a ''tragic medical incident''.

Staff who were working had been stood down for a debrief, so new staff had to be brought in before the pool could reopen, which was expected in part later this morning.

The pool also had to be blessed before opening again.

Jill McCarthy was training with a swim squad at the pool when everyone was asked to get out and leave.

She said there were about 35 people using the lanes who were "very calmly" asked to leave the pool by the staff while CPR was performed on the woman.

"There was no panic and the lifeguards were very calm and collected about it all.

''It was 6.48am when pool users were asked to get out and an ambulance, fire and police arrived shortly after,'' she said.

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