Sep 262011

A 66-year-old man from Phoenix is in serious condition after he almost drowned in the pool at his house Tuesday night, officials said.

The man, who lives near 42nd Place and Union Hills Drive, was swimming by himself in his backyard around 7:30 p.m. when his wife noticed him floating in the pool, said Capt. Scott Walker, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman.

The man’s wife pulled him to the side of the pool, but he was not able to breathe, and a neighbor called 911 after they heard her shouting, Walker said.

Paramedics treated the man on the scene and transported him to a local hospital. He is expected to live, the spokesman said.

Fire officials do not know what caused the man to almost drown, but they said they recommend that no one swims alone.

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