Tourist found dead in pool at Disney hotel

LAKE BUENA VISTA — A tourist from Colorado has drowned at a Walt Disney World resort.

Nancy Heizer, 58, of Colorado Springs, was pronounced dead Thursday night after another guest noticed her floating motionless in a swimming pool at the Coronado Springs Resort, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said

Guests, including a registered nurse from Maine, tried to resuscitate the victim. Cathryn Paolucci, the nurse, used an Automated External Defibrillator provided by Disney employees but was unable to restart the woman’s heart, records show.

Heizer arrived Sunday for a weeklong stay to attend a conference of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, records show. Heizer worked for the skating association.

Henry Pierson Curtis, Kelly Griffith, Gary Taylor, April Hunt, Claudia Zequeira and Pedro Ruz Gutierrez of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.



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