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An elderly Forest Hills resident died after being discovered at the bottom of a hot tub at the Queens Spa Castle, Gothamist reports. The man was originally reported to be in critical condition after a near-drowning incident at the facility on Sunday.
"He went under and no one noticed him," one witness told NBC New York. "The Jacuzzi was bubbly and there was lots of steam...so it was hard for anyone to see him," another said to the New York Post.
NBC's witness also claimed that "they didn't administer CPR [right away], they ran upstairs to get a booklet on how to actually perform CPR." But Spa Castle spokeswoman Stephanie Chon told Gothamist that "safety precautions are clearly posted in our facilities and the staff in the area is CPR certified."
"Our thoughts are with the family at this time," she added.
The incident leaves a mark on what was supposed to be a celebratory month for the spa chain, with its long-awaited Manhattan opening its doors on December 15th.
· Woman Bumps Into Dead Body in Spa Castle Hot Tub [Gothamist]
· Elderly Man in Critical Condition After Almost Drowning in Jacuzzi [NYP]
· A Korean Beauty Pro's Tips on Navigating Spa Castle Premier [Racked NY]