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‘Faint calls for help’ led police to homeless man trapped in water slide support pipe

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‘Faint calls for help’ led police to homeless man trapped in water slide support pipe

‘Faint calls for help’ heard a quarter of a mile away led police to find homeless man, 32, trapped in water slide support pipe at Arizona water park after he hopped a fence and climbed into it – but died hours later inside

  • A 32-year-old homeless man died after he got trapped in a water slide support pipe at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona early Monday
  • A cop patrolling the area heard ‘faint calls for help’ around 12.30pm around Oak Street and Miller Road and traced the yells back to the pool
  • The man had jumped the fence to the center and swam in the pool
  • He then climbed the water slide and entered the hollow large cylindrical steel support for the slide and got trapped inside
  • Police located the man around 2am but the voice stopped and the man died
  • Rescue crews dismantled the support pipe and extracted the man around 7am
  • His cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner 

A 32-year-old homeless man died after he got trapped in a water slide support pipe at an Arizona pool early Monday. 

A cop patrolling the area heard ‘faint calls for help’ around 12.30pm around Oak Street and Miller Road in Scottsdale but struggled to find the source of the voice

Later he realized it was coming from the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center and found the man before 2am, after his cries for help were projected up and out of the large cylindrical steel support for a water slide. 

Police say the structure acted like a megaphone, carrying the man’s voice a quarter mile away to the officer nearby. 

During a Monday press conference Officer Kevin Watts said the man was a transient who climbed up on top of the structure and got trapped inside the pipe. 

A 32-year-old homeless man died after he got trapped in a water slide support pipe at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona early Monday. Crews pictured early Monday dismantling the water slide’s hollow support pipe where the man got stuck 

He was finally extracted around 7am. His cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner. A view of the dismantled pipe where he got stuck above

He was finally extracted around 7am. His cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner. A view of the dismantled pipe where he got stuck above 

'For whatever reason, [he] climbed up on the large slide that is here for this pool and climbed down inside of a support tube of the super structure for that large slide...It wasn¿t an easy feat. It took some work to get down in there,' Scottsdale Police Officer Kevin Watts said Monday

‘For whatever reason, [he] climbed up on the large slide that is here for this pool and climbed down inside of a support tube of the super structure for that large slide…It wasn’t an easy feat. It took some work to get down in there,’ Scottsdale Police Officer Kevin Watts said Monday

The man jumped the fence to the aquatic center and gained entry to the swimming pool. 

He went for a swim then made his way to the top of the large water slide at the park, which is supported by a large hollow steel tube. He climbed into it and got stuck, according to AZCentral.   

‘For whatever reason, [he] climbed up on the large slide that is here for this pool and climbed down inside of a support tube of the super structure for that large slide,’ Watts said. 

‘It wasn’t an easy feat. It took some work to get down in there,’ he added.

Fire officials initially said they were 'working to free an individual trapped in a large pipe.' Crews later said that it turned into a body recovery operation

Fire officials initially said they were ‘working to free an individual trapped in a large pipe.’ Crews later said that it turned into a body recovery operation

Fire officials were seen draining the back pool area early Monday and said the man was about four feet down

Fire officials were seen draining the back pool area early Monday and said the man was about four feet down

After locating the man, officers spoke with him through the pipe. 

He later became unresponsive and died, shifting the rescue mission into a recovery operation. 

From there rescue crews worked to dismantle the pipe to bring the man down. Fire officials were seen draining the back pool area early Monday and said the man was about four feet down.

He was finally extracted around 7am. 

His cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner.

Officials have not released the victim’s name. 

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