Man pulled from Richmond Park pool dies at hospital, death ruled an accident

Man drowns after breaking into pool

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Damon Smith-Phillips, 21. The cause of death was asphyxiation by drowning and the death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating after one man drowned in the pool at Richmond Park this morning.

Police say three men jumped the surrounding fence just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.

One of the men jumped into the pool, but could not swim. The 21 year old had to be pulled from the water. CPR was administered and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance where he later died.

The second man was questioned and released; the third is being sought by police.

The City of Grand Rapids has closed the pool until further notice and says an update will be provided within the next 24 hours.

"When the police arrived this morning, they did have to cut through a chained and locked fence in order to gain access to the pool so we were locked up and chained as we should be during closed hours," Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Director David Marquardt said.

The incident remains under investigation. If you have any information, please call GRPD at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-745-2345.

"Unfortunately this is always an issue, this really comes down to decision making. As tragic as this is, I think it's a great opportunity for parents and families to talk about good decision making and ensure that their children are safe in whatever activities they're taking part in in our public spaces," Marquardt said.

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