Saturday 24 February 2018

Community 'in shock' after man (20s) dies at leisure centre

The Orchard leisure centre
The Orchard leisure centre

Claire Williamson

A young man has died at a leisure centre in Armagh.

It happened on Friday night at the Orchard Leisure Centre.

Local reports suggest it happened after the man had been swimming.

It is understood staff at the Orchard Leisure Centre tried to resuscitate the young man at the scene.

He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said they attended the sudden death of a man in his 20s and that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

The Ambulance service confirmed they attended on Friday night to the report of a man collapsed just after 9.25pm.

The Health and Safety Executive said it had been informed of the incident and investigations were underway.

A spokesman said: “HSENI have been informed of an incident in Armagh and is in discussion with the local council about the circumstances.”

The Orchard Leisure Centre was closed on Saturday.

Sinn Fein councillor Darren McNally said the whole community is in shock following the incident.

He said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

"The whole community is in shock."

SDLP councillor Maella Campbell said her thoughts and prayers were with the family of the young man and the staff who tried to help him at the time.

She paid tribute to their work and said they were "traumatised" at what had happened.

In a statement Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said they were "deeply saddened".

It said: “We are deeply saddened that a young man died in Craigavon Area Hospital in the early hours of this morning following an incident at the Orchard Leisure Centre on Friday evening (April 7).

This is devastating news and our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies are with his family at this time.

"All relevant authorities were immediately notified by the council and the PSNI has confirmed that it is not treating the death as suspicious.

"The centre will remain closed until further notice.”

Belfast Telegraph

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