It is unclear how Yesenia Jimenez Linares drowned during her April 6 opening shift at the Lincoln County YMCA according to the Charlotte Observer but police do no suspect foul play Photo by Thinkstock

It is unclear how Yesenia Jimenez Linares drowned during her April 6 opening shift at the Lincoln County YMCA, according to the Charlotte Observer, but police do no suspect foul play. (Photo by Thinkstock.)

Lifeguard Drowns in Charlotte-Area YMCA Swimming Pool

A 21-year-old lifeguard initially was reported missing by her co-workers when they couldn't find her after she was scheduled for the opening shift on April 6 at the Lincoln County YMCA. Police later found her body in the facility's swimming pool.

A 21-year-old lifeguard was found dead last week in a YMCA swimming pool outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Yesenia Jimenez Linares was pronounced dead April 6 at Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln, according to a report by the Charlotte Observer, after apparently drowning in the Lincoln County YMCA pool.

Linares was scheduled to work an opening shift that morning at the Y and, according to police, arrived at the facility at 5:10 a.m. Her co-workers became concerned when they couldn’t find Linares and discovered the pool area was still locked. Police responded to the Y on a missing person call and then found Linares unresponsive in the pool at 6:45 a.m.

It is unclear how Linares drowned, according to the Observer, but police do no suspect foul play.

The Y was closed for the day as police and grief counselors met with staff.

“Our Y family is heartbroken and fully focused on supporting the family, along with our entire branch staff and members,” spokeswoman Molly Thompson said in a public statement. “It’s hard for everyone, but we’re keeping the family at the center of everything. They are cared for, prayed for, comforted.”

Linares had worked at the Y since 2014, according to the Observer, and was particularly excited about her new role coaching children’s soccer.

The Y held a public prayer vigil for Linares on April 7, and her funeral was held April 10 in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

 A GoFundMe page in her name has raised more than $5,700 as of April 11.

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