A swimmer jumped into a pond next to the South Mountain Reservoir on Tuesday afternoon and disappeared, and despite rescuers' attempts to save him, he was found dead.
The Lehigh County coroner's office was called to the scene at South 10th Street and Reservoir Drive. Officials said the man was 24 and from Allentown, but did not release his name.
The coroner's office referred to the swimmer as "John Doe."
"According to witnesses, John Doe jumped off the swing rope into the pond, at which time, upon surfacing the water, he was having trouble swimming and went under again," the coroner's office said.
The swimmer went down about 4:20 p.m. Another swimmer called 911 for help on the warm, mostly sunny afternoon.
A city Fire Department rescue team pulled the man's body from the water at 5 p.m., when the coroner's office was contacted. Deputy Coroner Stephanie Petry pronounced the man dead at 5:33 p.m.
"Right now nothing appears suspicious," city police Capt. Tony Alsleben said.
He said swimmers often use the pond, and an investigation by police and the coroner's office ultimately will determine how the man died.
The coroner's office scheduled an autopsy for Wednesday.
Alsleben said it's legal to be at the pond, which is part of South Mountain Park just east of the reservoir. He wasn't certain whether swimming is allowed there without a lifeguard.
"It's public up there," he said. "I don't know exactly what the rules are for the pond."Copyright © 2015, CT Now