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Police investigate death of North Babylon man pulled from pool

A man pulled Wednesday night from a swimming pool in North Babylon died later at a hospital, Suffolk police said.

Police said Thomas Romanello's wife and daughter found him unconscious in a four-foot above ground swimming pool at 51 Dollard Drive about 6:30 p.m.

With help from a neighbor, Romanello, 56, was pulled from the pool, and CPR was performed, police said. Rescuers tried to resuscitate him, and he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

His death appears to be noncriminal, but homicide detectives are investigating, police said.

Police said when Romanello was found, he was wearing swim trunks and there was a vacuum in the pool, and that it looked like Romanello may have been cleaning the pool to close it for the season.

Police are investigating whether Romanello suffered a medical event before drowning.

"I don't know if he had a medical episode or if it was a drowning," said homicide Det. Sgt. Charles Leser. "There was a vacuum by the pool. I don't know if he was cleaning it, but he was found unresponsive."

An autopsy will be performed by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

-- With Candice Ruud

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