A 32-year-old man died after he broke into an aquatic center in Arizona and became trapped in a support structure for a water slide.
A police officer patrolling the area near the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center in Scottsdale heard what he believed to be faint calls for help at about 12:20am, Sgt. Brian Reynolds said.
After 15 minutes he identified that the calls were coming in from inside the Aquatic centre. It then took about an hour for the officers to pinpoint from where the cries were coming from.
The pipe where the man was found is in an expansive outdoor area, so it acted, in effect, like a megaphone, Reynolds said.
“This made it difficult at first to pinpoint his location.”
Police said the man had entered the facility by climbing over a high fence and then crawling inside a large cylindrical steel center support for the water slide, where he became stuck.
Officers and firefighters were in contact with the man for more than an hour and a half while trying to free him before he became unresponsive.
It took several hours to dismantle the structure to recover his body.
The man has been identified, but his name was being withheld.
The facility features a 13-lane lap pool, four diving boards, two large water slides, a large play pool, a water playground and a fitness center.