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Person nearly drowns at the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club in Palo Alto

Original post made on Aug 4, 2023

A man apparently nearly drowned at the Eichler Swim & Tennis Club late Friday afternoon, Aug. 4, Palo Alto Fire Department Battalion Chief Shane Yarbrough said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 4, 2023, 9:00 PM

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Posted by SAHM
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2023 at 11:54 pm

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Tragic! Probably a heart attack or health issue where he didn't even have time to scream for help. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2023 at 7:31 am

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This is tragic and a cause of death other than drowning may be the case here. My condolences to the family as they deal with this loss.

I think the lifeguard and those present at the time to witness what happened also need compassion. This is something that will take them a long time to recover from and the memory will not go away, ever.

So sad.

Posted by swmommy
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 5, 2023 at 10:18 am

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This article needs updating - he is in the hospital in critical condition. I am sure this must be so painful for the family to see misinformation spread.

Posted by JustAnotherDay
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

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@swmommy -- Are you saying the man did NOT drown? That seems like a gross error on the part of the newspaper to report such misinformation. And also, the quoted comments in the article do NOT make sense? What is the real story?

Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Aug 5, 2023 at 2:31 pm

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swmommy -- My information came from the Palo Alto Fire Department battalion chief. If you have information from the family, please put them in touch with me at I would like to talk to them directly to get the status, otherwise, I can only go with what the emergency authorities who attended to him have said.

Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Aug 5, 2023 at 5:15 pm

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@swmommy Thank you for tipping me off.
Update: Today Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Shane Yarbrough further investigated the status of the man after hearing from the community that he might still be alive.
I heard back via Deputy Fire Chief Kevin McNally that the man is still alive. His status has not been released by the hospital, according to McNally. I've updated the online story.
We're glad to hear the man has not died and hope for the best for him and his family at this very difficult time.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2023 at 6:54 am

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I hope he makes it, and I hope and pray the family didn't read the article. A tricky balance between meeting deadline and getting the story right.

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