Man, 32, dies after getting stuck in water slide pipe at aquatic centre

A man has died after he got stuck in a pipe at a water park in Arizona.

The homeless 32-year-old had scaled the fence and broken into the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Scottsdale when he became trapped in a support structure for a water slide.

A police officer who was patrolling the area at the time heard what sounded like faint cries for help at approximately 12.20am on Monday morning.

He searched for 15 minutes before realising the calls were coming from inside the water park.

It took him and other officers another hour to pinpoint exactly where the man was trapped, Scottsdale Police spokesman Kevin Watts told local media.

Sergeant Brian Reynolds told NBC News the pipe the man was in is located in an expansive outdoor area which acoustically functions like a megaphone.

"This made it difficult at first to pinpoint his location," he said.

Officers eventually realised he had crawled inside the large cylindrical steel centre support for the water slide and had become trapped about four feet down.

"It wasn't an easy feat," Mr Watts said.

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"It took some work to get down in there, which obviously would not be the first place that people would be looking to find someone because of the difficulty."

Officers and firefighters remained in vocal contact with him for more than an hour and a half but eventually he stopped replying.

He was unresponsive by the time they got to him, and was declared dead at approximately 2.18am.

Rescuers had to dismantle the slide in order to free his body, which took several more hours.

The man has been identified but his name has yet to be publicly released while police work to notify his next of kin.

Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Centre was closed while the coroner carried out an investigation, and remained shut on Tuesday.

The facility features two large water slides as well as a 13-lane lap pool, four diving boards and a water playground.

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