Man dies in Short Pump fitness center pool

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - It was an early morning emergency, when a man was found dead at a popular Short Pump fitness club.

It may have been 2:55 in the morning, but it's not uncommon for swimmers to be using the 24-hour American Family Fitness, in Short Pump. It was at that time, that staffers found a man, floating face-down, in one of the pools.

"Resuscitation efforts were made by both the staff of American Family Fitness, and Henrico Division of Fire unsuccessfully," said Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Eric Owens.

31-year-old Paul Osborne was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy report, said the death was the result of an accidental drowning. It's unknown how long he had been in the water.

"There were no signs of foul play at the scene," Owens said.

The general manager of the club would not speak on camera, but according to an interview she gave to the newspaper, the victim was a club member, and was a regular late-night swimmer.

The club does not employ lifeguards, which is noted on several signs, and it's believed the man was there by himself. It's unclear, though, what led up to his drowning, including whether there were any underlying medical issues. While that is investigated, the pool will have to be drained, and so it will be closed until further notice. The rest of club remains open.

In a statement, staffers at the American Family Fitness in Short Pump said their prayers go out to Paul Osborne's family.

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