A Connecticut man tragically drowned at his own birthday party over the weekend.
Michelet Mongerard, of Haiti, was found unconscious at the bottom of a pool during his 32nd birthday party Greenfield Road in Glenbrook on Sunday.
Mongerard was pulled from the pool by his cousin just after 7pm, Sgt Paul Guzda told the Stamford Advocate.
The victim’s cousin was able to resuscitate Mongerard after performing CPR before medics rushed him to the Stamford Hospital.
Authorities said it appeared that Mongerard was on the road to recovery, but he died at the hospital a short time later.
Right now, police believe the man’s death was accidental because the 20 to 30 family and friends at the party said he could swim and that he didn’t appear to be intoxicated.
Police also told the Advocate that no one saw him go into the swimming pool.
But authorities said they discovered a ‘minor’ abrasion on his head.
It’s unclear if Mongerard slipped and hit his head before falling into the pool, and authorities are still investigating.
However, officials said the cause of death will likely be ruled as an accidental drowning.
Authorities are waiting on the results of a toxicology report before that determination is made.
The report could take up to six weeks or longer.
Relatives and friends posted heartfelt tributes on Facebook about Mongerard.
‘It is so sad that you left us like that, we were talking the day before and I could see all the happiness in your voice and suddenly you’re gone, know that you’re a Hero, we will always remember you,meet you one day to the Heaven Brother,’ one person wrote.
SOURCE: DailyMail, by VALERIE EDWARDS