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Worker Drowns in Pool at Resort

July 31, 1997|SCOTT HADLY

A Los Angeles man who worked and lived part time in Ojai while working on the Ojai Valley Inn drowned in the resort's pool, officials said Wednesday.

Leon Boyce, a 36-year-old construction worker who was working with a contractor on renovations at the hotel, was found floating face-down about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday by hotel guests, said Thad Hyland, the inn manager.

Guests said they had seen Boyce swimming alone in the hotel pool about 10 p.m., Hyland said.

"It was a matter of only about 15 minutes' time," he said.

Hotel security guards administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but Boyce never regained consciousness, Hyland said.

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