Swimmer recovers after pool drama

A 30-YEAR-OLD disabled swimmer is recovering today after being plucked from the bottom of a Suffolk swimming pool.Ambulance crews were called to a possible drowning incident at Leiston Leisure Centre just before 6pm on Saturday.

A 30-YEAR-OLD disabled swimmer is recovering today after being plucked from the bottom of a Suffolk swimming pool.

Ambulance crews were called to a possible drowning incident at Leiston Leisure Centre just before 6pm on Saturday.

A man, who was taking part in a special needs class at the pool, got into difficulties and began struggling for breath.

It is believed a lifeguard then had to enter the water to rescue the man, who was said to be "conscious and breathing" when ambulance crews arrived.

A spokeswoman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust said: "We were called to Leiston Leisure Centre after reports of a possible drowning.

"The patient was said to have sunk to the bottom of the pool before being rescued. He was conscious and breathing at the time of our arrival."

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The swimmer was then taken to Ipswich Hospital, where he was said to be recovering.

It is believed he suffered from a fit of some kind that is related to his long-term condition.

Tim Hall, leisure facilities manager of the centre, declined to comment on the exact circumstances of the incident but said he had been told the man was "OK" in hospital.

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