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'Show me where your friend is:' 911 calls show confusion followed triple drowning at Durham pool

Posted June 20, 2018 5:16 p.m. EDT
Updated June 20, 2018 5:46 p.m. EDT

— A man ran through a Durham apartment complex in search of help for three friends who drowned at a Durham apartment complex during a late night swim, according to 911 calls released Wednesday.

Authorities said Abril Yuliana Flores-Ojeda, 15, Brian Manuel Benites, 16, and Luis Enrique Delgado-Romero, 21, were pulled from the pool at the Chapel Tower Apartments, at 1315 Morreene Road, after emergency workers arrived at the complex at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

A 911 caller told a dispatcher that a man was running through the complex, knocking on residents’ doors and screaming for help.

In a second 911 call, a caller can be heard saying that a crying man knocked on his door to say someone was drowning at the pool.

The caller says that he does not live at the apartment complex, he was staying with a friend, and he does not know where the pool is, but the tearful man, who the caller says is intoxicated, cannot remember how to get back to the pool.

“It’s important. Just show me where your friend is. Just show us, where is the pool,” the caller can be heard saying to the man.

The caller says that he knows CPR, but is unable to help because the man can’t remember how to get back to his friends. The man eventually lies down on the ground, according to the caller.

“We can’t help your friend if we can’t find him. Just calm down,” the caller says to the man.

When the caller eventually finds the pool, he tells the dispatcher that officers are already on the scene, performing CPR.

Authorities said first responders performed CPR on all three drowning victims before they were taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Authorities said the three victims did not live at the apartment complex.