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Father, two sons taken to hospital after ‘incident’ at Winnipeg’s Courts of St. James pool

A life preserver floats in the empty Courts of St. James pool in Winnipeg. There was a heavy police presence at the facility on Sunday evening. Elisha Dacey/Global News

Several police officers kept watch over a floating life preserver in an otherwise empty indoor pool at the Courts of St. James Sunday.

Cst. Rob Carver confirmed Monday that three people were taken to hospital, “where they remain,” as the result of an “accidental incident.”

The people were a father and his two sons, described as youths.

The incident happened at about 4:55 p.m., said the City of Winnipeg’s Fire Paramedic service Sunday.

“I saw three amulances, the truck ambulances, possibly about eight to 12 police cars,” said one witness. “I saw one gentleman on a stretcher, and a bunch of guys working on him, doing CPR while they’re pushing him into the … ambulance.

“It shocked me because I’m not used to that many police cars all at once.”

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The witness said he’s lived in the building on and off for about 40 years and said he hasn’t seen this much activity around the swimming pool during his time there.

Another witness told 680 CJOB that the pool is “a very basic pool” with no diving boards or slides. “It’s really quiet during the week, but more popular I think on weekends,” she said, adding there is no lifeguard on duty.

The Courts of St. James indoor swimming pool in Winnipeg. Elisha Dacey/Global News

A forensic investigator arrived at the scene at about 7:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for the WHRA said they could not comment on the health outcomes of people in specific cases.

Global News has also reached out to the building’s property management for more information.

-With files from Clay Young

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