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North Carolina man drowns in Park City hotel pool, police say

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PARK CITY — A 22-year-old North Carolina man died while trying to hold his breath underwater in a hotel swimming pool, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called about 9:45 p.m. Monday to the Westgate Park City Resort, 3000 Canyons Resort Drive, on a possible drowning. They arrived to learn a 22-year-old man from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had been with three friends at the hotel.

“The group had been consuming alcohol throughout the day. The 22-year-old told his friends he was going to do underwater breathing training in the pool and attempt to hold his breath longer than he had before,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

After about five minutes when the man did not resurface, his friends jumped into the pool to pull him out.

“He was unconscious and not breathing. The friends began CPR until medical personnel arrived,” according to the statement.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, died at a local hospital.