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Coroner: Woman pulled from Lehman YMCA pool drowned

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC21) -- The Allen County Coroner's Office confirmed Tuesday that the woman pulled from the pool at the Lehman YMCA in August died from an "accidental drowning."

A Coroner's Office employee told ABC21 that 51-year-old Li Chuan-Tang suffered a stroke while she was swimming laps in the pool, which led to the drowning. The official cause/manner of death is "accidental drowning," not the stroke.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA near Saint Joe Center and Maplecrest Roads. A lifeguard pulled Tang from the pool, and began administering CPR as someone called 911. Medics rushed Tang to the hospital in critical condition where she later died.

The Lehman branch first opened this past June. Though in September, an ABC21 Digging Deeper investigation found the August drowning was not first pool safety concern at the area's newest YMCA. 

On June 30th, Lehman YMCA hosted a movie night in its pool area where a concerned parent told ABC21 he say electrical cords set up around the pool area. After complaining to staff, he called the fire marshal. 

Through a public records request filed with the Fort Wayne Fire Marshal, ABC21 obtained a copy of a safety violation report from the incident at the Lehman YMCA movie night.

In the report, Fort Wayne Fire Marshal Asst. Chief Jim Murua says "felt it was a dangerous situation. When he arrived, he observed "extension cords lying in water between the pools and "water splashing and overlapping the cords."

The Fire Marshal says after he spoke with the manager on site, the YMCA corrected the issues. 

A spokesperson for the Greater Fort Wayne YMCA refused multiple requests, via e-mail and over the phone, for an on-camera interview to discuss the safety violation at the movie night. She did however, confirm that electrical cords were lying around the pool area that night, and that it shouldn't have happened.

The YMCA has yet to speak on-camera about the fatal incident in August. Though the week of the drowning incident YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne President and CEO Marty Pastura released the following statement: 

"Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with her family. At the Y, we are committed to strengthening the foundations of our community. We will be a source of support for this family throughout this difficult time."

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