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Italian student drowns in backyard pool

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Melanie Kembrey

An Italian man studying and working in Australia has drowned after jumping into a swimming pool during a birthday party in Sydney's south west.

Friends didn't notice the 31-year-old stayed under the water after doing "some sort of trick" into the backyard pool in Chipping Norton on Saturday night.

"He went down and nobody thought anything of it. Five minutes later people realised he was still under the water," Green Valley Inspector Robert Tunks said.

Partygoers pulled the unconscious man out of the water and attempted to resuscitate him.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the man's heart had stopped beating when paramedics arrived at the scene about 10.45pm.

He was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition and later died.

Inspector Tunks said the Italian national had been studying and working in Australia for four years and was living in the city's inner west in Ashfield.

It is understood he had been drinking alcohol at the party but that has not been officially determined, he said.

Police have contacted several of the man's family members living in Australia and overseas.

A crime scene was established at the house on Buckingham Crescent and police investigations are continuing today.

According to the National Drowning Report, 291 people drowned in Australia in the twelve months to June 30 last year.

Eighty-two per cent were men, 15 had positive readings for alcohol and people aged 55 and older accounted for the most drowning deaths.

Swimming pools accounted for the largest proportion of drowning deaths for children up to the age of four.

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