Cops: Man drowns in East Meadow home's pool

A man visiting an East Meadow home drowned in the pool Tuesday afternoon, Nassau police said. Videojournalist: Jim Staubitser (July 16, 2013)

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A man visiting an East Meadow home drowned in the pool Tuesday afternoon, Nassau police said.

The 26-year-old victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center; the death at the School Street home does not appear to be criminal in nature, police at the scene said.

Police said the man entered the pool and was found not moving a short time later. Officers were notified shortly after 2:15 p.m., and he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

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The man drowned in a pool that slopes to an 8-foot depth, and how it happened was unclear Tuesday afternoon, said Richard Langone, an attorney for the home's family.

His client was at work at the time, Langone said, and had asked a friend, who sometimes did work around the house, to pull up a rug.

The rug was not in a big area, so his client did not expect his friend to bring two others, including the victim, the attorney said.

The man decided to go into the pool, but it was unclear if he had a seizure, could not swim or experienced some other problem, Langone said. His client's friend called 911, he said.

Police said a second man tried to give the victim CPR.

Langone said his client lives in the house with his wife and children.

A neighbor, Regina Cassino, said the family installed the pool last summer.

The couple there has two young children and had moved to East Meadow from Queens.

With Ellen Yan

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