Sacto 9-1-1
July 25, 2011
Elk Grove man found motionless in fitness center pool dies

A 45-year-old man who was found motionless in a pool at an Elk Grove fitness center Sunday afternoon has died.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him as Jesse Lee Morton, 45, of Elk Grove. The cause of death has been initially classified as undetermined.

Morton was swimming laps, and his children were at the facility when the incident occurred.

Witnesses said he had come up for breath and was continuing with his lap swimming when he failed to surface about 4 p.m., said Randy Karr president of California Family Fitness on Bond Road.

"Some of the lap swimmers thought he was doing a breath test," he said. "When he didn't come up, the person next to him grabbed him."

The center's staff responded and began CPR, Karr said.

Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Chief John Michelini told The Bee on Sunday that the man was in cardiac arrest when he was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital.

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