A 25-year-old insurance agent, who was a regular swimmer at a government pool, died while doing his lap swimming Sunday morning. Police said the man had been suffering from back pain and had resumed swimming only upon doctor’s advice.
Police said Captain Kumar (25), of MKB Nagar, Vysarpadi, a private insurance company agent and a member of the Sports Development Authority of India, was doing his laps in the pool at Shenoy Nagar when he suddenly drowned around 9.30 am.
Immediately, the guards at the pool rescued him and a fellow swimmer, a cardiologist, gave him first aid before rushing him to a private hospital in Aminjikarai. Later, he was taken to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
“Since he had back pain, doctors advised him to resume swimming which he had stopped for sometime,” a police officer said.
Chandrasekar, coach at the swimming pool at Shenoy Nagar, said that Kumar, who had become a member in July 2012, had been a regular in the pool. He had complained of giddiness earlier. The coach said that Kumar had many health issues, including asthma and back pain. “He used to walk with a hunched back and he also had suffered from seizures. He resumed swimming only after the doctor advised that it could help control his asthma. He did not attend class for the past 10 days and came only on Sunday,” he added.
The TP Chatram police have registered a case under Section 174 CrPC and are awaiting the postmortem report.