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Stamford Man in Critical Condition After Near-Drowning [Updated w/ Correction]

The man was going swimming with his 3-year-old daughter, who was the one that alerted neighbors to the incident.

[Editor's Note: This article has been updated to remove incorrect information given to Patch by the Stamford Police Department.]

A 33 year-old man is on life support after nearly drowning in a pool at his Glenbrook Rd. apartment complex, authorities said Friday morning. The department previously told reporters that the man died.

The man, identified by police as Naveed Rafique, was reportedly going to take his 3-year-old daughter swimming at approximately 7:34 a.m. when an unknown incident occurred and he ended up face down in the deep-end of the pool, police said.

His daughter screamed, "My father is down in the pool," and two neighbors heard the girls screams and called police. Officers were in the area and were able to respond within a minute's time, according to police.

Authorities said no attempt was made to pull the man out of the pool prior to arrival of police.

Officers arriving on scene found the man under roughly 7-feet of water, police said. Officers stripped off their shirts, gun belts and shoes and dove in to pull the man out of the water and began chest compressions until EMS crews arrived and took over.

The man was then transported to the hospital, police said.

Anne-marie August 23, 2012 at 06:11 PM
no one thought to pull this man out of the water before even making the call?! Myyy god!
Maryanne Delaware August 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Always call 911 first!! Don't need 2 victims. He was in the deep end not everyone can swim let alone rescue someone.
John Massin September 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Maryanne from Delaware, you are a coward.
Fahd Hashim October 02, 2012 at 09:59 PM
He was my friend, Genius of a man and gem of a person. I wont limit his credentials by identifying them but I will miss him alot.

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