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3 ordered to quit after body in pool went undetected for days
By Leigh Remizowski, CNN
July 22, 2011 7:04 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Two pool employees and their supervisor were forced to resign on Wednesday after a woman's body went undetected in a public Massachusetts pool for four days in June until her body floated to the top.

The Vietnam Veteran's Swimming Pool manager and assistant manager -- as well as the Southeast Regional Director of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, have resigned -- according to a statement released by Edward Lambert, the agency's commissioner.

Lambert requested they leave their posts because of "poor decision making and failure to follow (department) pool protocols."

The resignations come in the wake of an investigation into the drowning of Marie Joseph, 36, on June 26. Joseph's body wasn't discovered until the evening of June 30 by teenagers at the pool in Fall River.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/21/mas...RSS%3A+U.S.%29

Um, ew.


Those of you who live in Massachusetts should probably avoid the public swimming pools for a while.
 

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Whoopsies. What do you expect from overly crowded public pools in urban areas?

They have since drained the pool. Not sure if its reopened or not.
 

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Blech! If I went to the pool and it was cloudy enough to miss a dead body, I would turn right around and demand a refund.
Public pools don't charge anything.
This sure didn't happen at a Country Club.
 

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I've never been to this particular pool, of course, but the public pool where I grew up charged a few dollars. Regardless of whether they charge or not, the pool conditions should be safe. if they can't maintain the pool they shouldn't have one.
 

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Complete negligence on behalf of the lifeguards and pool manager/supervisor of this pool. A major duty of lifeguards is making sure the water is clear enough to see the bottom, and conditions are safe. They failed at noticing a drowning patron, failed at noticing a body in the pool....for days and days.

Also very sad that the companions of the victim that drowned, why they heck didn't they look for her?
 

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Hmmm... our public pools do around here. Guess that's how we pay for cleaning up the bodies.


(actually, they might..I've never been to a public pool, I just assumed they were free or at least very low cost)
 

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(actually, they might..I've never been to a public pool, I just assumed they were free or at least very low cost)
When I was a kid I used the pool at the local Jewish community center. It was free for members, but nonmembers could use the pool for a small fee. It makes sense that public pools would charge a fee at least for upkeep and maintenance.

And to make sure the bottom of the pool is routinely checked for bodies.
 

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Joseph had gone to the pool on Sunday with a 9-year-old neighbor and his family. She collided with the boy while the pair went down a pool slide, said Bristol County District Attorney's spokesman Gregg Miliote.
After the collision, the boy surfaced but the woman did not, he said.
It was not clear what happened after the collision or whether the boy and his family sought Joseph's whereabouts when they left the pool.
wtf?
this story made me sick. and sad.
 

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Why would anyone swim in nasty, white, unclear water?
Because we are in the middle of a national heat wave and this was one of the few sources of relief.
Because she worked as a hotel maid (or some similar job) and probably could not afford a country club membership.

The water was cloudy and unclear, but the tests I've read about did not indicate that it was "nasty" as far as I could tell, although it did fail some of the chemical specifications.

This appears to be an open-air pool, and heavy rains had apparently contributed to the cloudiness/discoloration of the pool water.
 

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Wait a minute, from what I understand dead bodies float in water, not sink to the bottom.

It also brings up a couple more questions. She was a mother of 5. Did she go to the pool alone and leave the kids at home? If she brought kids, don't you think one of them would have said "where's mommy"? If she didn't bring kids, don't you think someone would have asked where she went and called the cops to investigate?

Something doesn't sound right about this story.
 
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