South Bend Police respond to double drowning at Park Jefferson apartments

South Bend Police say a man and woman in their 20s drowned at the Park Jefferson Apartments' indoor swimming pool.

Officers were first called to the complex on East Jefferson Boulevard around 11:40 a.m. Friday.

At this time police say the case is being "investigated as a non-criminal event."

Residents were surprised to hear two people drowned in the pool. Their identities haven't been released.

“It's normally quiet. I'm a walker, so it's normally, pretty quiet,” said resident Basil Driver.

“Oh it's pretty nice, it's nice and quiet. The neighbors don't bother me very often. I get along with them fine. Staff is really nice,” said resident Paula Spart.

Spart has lived at the complex for more than a year and says she's never seen any issues at the pool.

“It's a pretty large, good size. I wouldn't say Olympic size, I think there's a shallow end and a deep end. I hope there's a shallow end,” said Spart. “I'm guessing probably, 4 feet one end and 9 feet on the other end, something like that.”

UPDATE: Park Jefferson Apartments have released the following statement regarding the drowning's:

For Immediate Release/January 30, 2015


regarding today's tragic pool accident

We are deeply shocked and saddened about the loss of two lives due to drowning in our pool today.  There simply are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel.

Here in this tight-knit community where everyone seems to know everyone else, every resident is affected by a tragedy like this.

As a community, we want to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the two people who lost their lives today.  We are thinking of them and praying for them now.

Katherine Watson

Regional Manager

Park Jefferson Apartments

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