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West Valley man found in pool has died

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The West Valley man who was found in his pool has died.

Police say around 11 Friday morning his wife found him at the bottom of their backyard pool. 

Emergency responders were not able to revive the 67-year-old at the scene.  That's when he was brought here to Memorial and pronounced dead.

Earlier today the cause of death was unclear.  At first it looked like a drowning... but at 4pm the coroner told KNDO that the signs point to a heart attack. 

Firefighters say that regardless of cause of death following one key swimming rule can prevent many water-related deaths.

"Never swim alone", says Korey Simmons, a rescue swimmer with the Yakima Fire Department.  "That's the biggest key to being safe in the water is never ever swim alone.  So you always have someone to help you or if they can at least call 911 and get us to come so we can help you", he advises.

So far there have been two drowning deaths in Yakima County this year although it's only been hot for a few weeks.  There were four drownings last year.

Although Paul Leonard didn't drown, emergency responders say if someone had been swimming with him, he could have gotten help sooner, and maybe lived.