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Man who drowned in Durham pond came from nearby senior living facility, police say

A man found dead in a Durham pond Sunday morning had wandered off from a nearby senior living community, according to police.

The man, who was in his 80s, suffered from cognitive impairment, a Durham Police Department news release states. The death doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Durham Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi said the drowning was reported at 8:16 a.m. The Durham County Sherriff’s Office Search and Recovery Team recovered the body from the water.

The man’s identity has not been released.

WRAL reported that the pond is behind a senior living facility at 205 Emerald Pond Land.

On Saturday evening, emergency officials responded to at least two other near drownings in the Triangle, The News & Observer reported.

A 10-year-old was pulled from a pool at the Clairmont at Hillandale Apartments on Bertland Avenue in Durham, WRAL reported.

Other people had been in the pool with him, CBS17 reported, and one of them noticed he was face down in the water. The boy is in stable condition, ABC11 reported, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner.

Around 8 p.m. in Raleigh, a boy under the age of 5 was pulled out of a pool at the Village at Town Center on Wake Hills Lane in northeast Raleigh, ABC11 reported. The child was taken to a hospital, but is expected to fully recover.

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