MIAMI BEACH – ( – A man swimming in the pool Sunday at the Clevelander Hotel disappeared beneath the surface and drowned, despite the efforts of people at poolside to save him.

Miami Beach Police spokesperson Wayne Jones confirmed that a 40-year-old man, believed to be an out-of-state visitor, had been swimming in the pool of the Ocean Drive hotel late Sunday afternoon, when he went underwater and did not resurface.

Jones said people around the pool jumped into the water, pulled the man out, and started administering CPR. Miami Beach Fire Rescue was called, and the man was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Jones said the man was with a group of others who witnesses said had been drinking heavily, but it’s not yet known if alcohol was involved in the death.

A person speaking for the Hotel said management did not want to comment about the death.

Comments (16)
  1. Gina says:

    No one noticed this man drowning in a five foot deep pool?

    1. Philip Scharfy says:

      Poor Gina didn’t read the article, but felt the need to blviate. You’re a liberal, aren’t you Gina.

      1. Rddunkall says:

        Really Philip? Way to make yourself look like an idiot!

  2. Danielle says:

    he was friend of mine RIP

    1. bx all day says:

      no doubt Much Love to V money!!

  3. anna says:

    I was there and when I arrived there was a guy in the pool who was inebriated and splashing everyone so I moved away because I didn’t want to get wet and then saw, about an hour later, the paramedics come and tried to resuscitate the man. Such a tragedy, but swimming pools and heavy drinking don’t mix. The dj stopped for about 5 minutes and the party went on. You would think they would have shut it down. My condolences to family and friends.

  4. Andrea Batista says:

    I was there too & no offense, but I don’t think they should’ve shut it down. Unfortunately people die every day. It’s the circle of life. Do we stop the war because one soldier dies? Him & his friends should have partied more responsibly. There were so many people around that pool area, which makes me wonder why the hell the guy in the pool & his FRIENDS didn’t notice ?!? I’m sure it wasn’t just heavy drinking either. Drugs have to have played a role in this tragedy. And didn’t his friends stay at the party?

    1. Cherry says:

      Andrea you are a damn lie. Had it been a family member of your you would’ve wanted the hotel shut down. Had it been a shooting or a stabbing the party would’ve been over.

      You should learn a about a thing called compassion. Pretty easy to sit at your keyboard and type so callously.

      “Do we stop the war because one soldier dies?” *SMDH*

  5. Chris says:

    Oh well, you do something stupid…you pay the penalty. Too bad this one wouldn’t even come close to winning a Darwin Award.

  6. sh says:

    I say it again just as you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater the first amendment needs to sometimes be shelved, particularly when it comes to these “people” (emphasis on the quo) which don’t have anything nice to say. Those are the folks that would not be published in the good old days. Take ” Chris” for example. If it tells me its never gotten drunk and partied I’m calling it a liar. I couldn’t trust someone who doesn’t have a drink. He has no right to mock a dead person! SCharfy: what do politics have to do with this tragedy?

  7. Sam says:

    I was there yesterday and it ruined everyone’s mood. I’ve never seen aything like it. I couldn’t even sleep last thinking of what I saw. Very sad!! What’s messed up is that when i spoke to the employees of The Cleavender, they kept saying he was alive and he’ll be at the hospital for a while.

    1. Andrea says:

      It didn’t ruin the mood but it made you more aware to party responsibly. It was still very sunny outside & there were plenty of people around & facing that pool so I wonder how he went unnoticed for so long. It’s not hard to see a man’s body lying at the bottom of a pool. Also, his friends were sitting at a table less than a foot away from the pool so it makes you wonder what the hell they were doing. I go out a lot & have been drunk but my friends & I always keep tabs on each other…guys & girls. He must’ve been under for quite some time to have lost his life from this tragedy.

      1. Anna says:

        Exactly I’m wondering how no one noticed sooner, but you can’t compare a war to a party. It’s sad that someone is being resuscitated by a medical team and people are dancing less than 20 feet away. No announcements were made so everything was word of mouth. We all paid hard earned money to party there but I left shortly after because I honestly couldnt dance when I knew someone just died on the dancefloor. It really shows you the ugly side of the scene. The “don’t stop the music” attitude. Actually I can’t say that because they did stop the
        music. If you were at a birthday party and someone died in attendance would you still celebrate like it’s 1999? I think not. I know plenty of people were traumatized by it and left so I’m not the only one.

  8. bx all day says:

    Well enough of the shouldve couldve, A man lost his life!!!! Respect is all that should be shown word!! I had the pleasure of going to college with family for sometime and its hard for me to swallow that this brother got soooo drunk he slipped in a 5ft pool and drowned umongst hundreds of people??? This doesnt add up @ all, But all the truth will come to light my brother One Love Much Much Respect!!!

  9. shane says:

    I knew V many years ago and know that back then he had never had a drink and am wondering if maybe he was not experienced enough to party like a rock star. I seriously doubt drugs would be involved and you people are inconsiderate morons for making such assumptions. If you knew him, you knew what a sweet, innocent soul he was and will forever cherish the time we spent together. The dude got me hooked on reggae and changed my life forever. To the family, our family will pray for yours and know that even though it’s been 25 years, I still think about him. If his brother F reads this, i have been trying to find you guys, but apparently, I was a week late…love you guys!

  10. JAMES BRACCO says: