The man got stuck about four feet down the pipe, which supports a water slide, and his muffled cries for help were heard before he fell silent and died while trapped at the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Scottsdale, Arizona
A man has died after he broke into an outdoor water park and became trapped inside a water slide’s support pipe, say police.
The man’s muffled cries for help were heard by a police officer who was on patrol in the area in the early hours of Monday, but he couldn’t be freed in time.
Police in the US city of Scottsdale, Arizona, suspect the man, who was homeless, scaled a fence that surrounds the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Centre and was on the slide before he somehow entered the pipe and got stuck.
Rescuers had to dismantle the slide to free the body of the man, who was dead by the time they got to him and was about four feet down the pipe.
After hearing the muffled calls for help at about 12.20am, the passing police officer began to take a look round the area to find out where they were coming from.
It took more than an hour for police to locate where the cries were coming from due to how the man’s voice was being projected out of the pipe.
He was eventually located and was communicating with rescuers, but he fell silent shortly after 2am.
His body was recovered about five hours later. The cause of death has not been determined. Investigators believe the man entered the park by climbing over a security fence, and spent some time swimming in a pool before he got stuck in the pipe. Speaking about how the man got stuck, Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt Kevin Watts told KPNX TV: “It wasn’t an easy feat. [The pipe] is the centre support for the super structure, holding that circular slide, so he had to climb up and it took some work to get down in there.”
Sgt. Brian Reynolds told NBC News that the pipe is in an expansive outdoor area, and it projected the trapped man’s voice like a megaphone. He added: “This made it difficult at first to pinpoint his location.” The water park was closed as police and the coroner carried out an investigation at the scene.
A statement on the City of Scottsdale’s website says: “Eldorado Pool will be closed Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18.”