Teen swimming in sweatpants drowns in apartment complex pool

February 26, 2015 GMT

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who had been swimming in an apartment complex’s Olympic-size indoor pool while wearing sweatpants drowned on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Ibrahim Iqbal, of New York City, had been swimming for some time in the pool at the Crystal Village Apartments in Attleboro, where he had been staying with relatives, and his cousin was nearby, Bristol County district attorney’s office spokesman Gregg Miliote said.

Iqbal initially had been doing laps in the pool but then started swimming to the bottom of the 9-foot deep end, touching the bottom and coming back up for air, Miliote said. His cousin, who was with him at the pool but wasn’t swimming, said he did this several times before failing to come back up for air.

The cousin shouted for help, and a building manager and a resident helped pull Iqbal out of the pool, authorities said.

Emergency responders rushed Iqbal to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon.

The drowning appeared accidental, but it was unclear if Iqbal suffered from any medical conditions, Miliote said. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy, and police are investigating, he said.