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UWM student dies at campus pool

CREATED Mar 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 5, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A UWM official confirms that a student has died at a pool on the campus Monday morning.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry reports UWM sophomore Connor Driscoll was swimming with his roommate; doing flips and somersaults underwater when he appeared to sink at the end of the pool.

Lifeguards immediately pulled him out of the pool, attempted CPR, but they were unsuccessful.  They used the defibrillator and that didn't work and the Milwaukee Fire Department came in and was unable to revive him.

Driscoll, 19, was pronounced dead shortly after 8 a.m.  He was from Madison and had an undeclared major. 

According to the medical examiner's report, Driscoll wanted to start training for the aquatics test for the US Air.  The report also noted that Driscoll carried another person on his back about 3-4 weeks earlier, had tripped and fell to the curb, striking his face.  The report said he didn't seek medical attention at that time. 

"It's a very, very sad incident," said spokesman Tom Luljak to Jermont about Driscoll's death.

According to Luljak, Driscoll was swimming at the pool inside the Klotsche Center, the main campus athletic facility there.

"During his exercise, he went underwater," Luljak told Jermont.

Lifeguards immediately pulled him out of the pool, attempted CPR, but they were unsuccessful.  They used the defibrillator and that didn't work and the Milwaukee Fire Department came in and was unable to revive him. 

UWM police also told Jermont there was nothing suspicious connected to the death.

UWM's Chancellor Michael R. Lovell has released a statement about the news:

Dear UWM Campus Community,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the death this morning on our campus of one of our students.  Connor Driscoll, 19, a College of Letters and Science sophomore from Madison, died in the Klotsche Center aquatic center.

According to gathered information, Connor was swimming along with a friend at about 7:30 this morning when Connor failed to resurface.  Two on-duty student lifeguards responded immediately.  Shortly thereafter, a third student lifeguard on duty elsewhere in the Klotsche Center plus Milwaukee Fire Department personnel also responded and assisted.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation equipment were both used, but Connor could not be revived.

An autopsy will be conducted to gather more information about what happened.

If students have a need to talk with someone, they should contact the counseling services at our Norris Health Center, 414-229-4716.  Counseling services also are available to faculty and staff through the Symmetry employee assistance program, 800-236-7905.

I offer my deepest sympathy to Connor's family and friends, and I ask the campus community to please keep all those affected by the tragedy in their thoughts and prayers.

Best,

Michael R. Lovell
Chancellor