Mother: Lifeguards Ignored Son Who Alerted Them to Drowning Woman

Associated Press
Jul. 03, 2011

This reminds me of the government firefighters who let a man's house burn down because he didn't pay them protection money. - ChrisFALL RIVER, Mass. -- A 9-year-old boy told two lifeguards that a woman had not resurfaced after entering the murky waters of a public swimming pool and appearing to struggle, his mother said. [...]

The boy's mother told the Boston Herald for its Sunday edition that the woman had bumped into her son on a pool slide before she disappeared underwater.

"He did tell two lifeguards -- one said she was on break, and had to leave and the other told him they were going to do a pool check," the woman told the newspaper. "But he told me they never did." [...]

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is investigating issues related to Joseph's death, including the clarity of the pool water and whether quality protocols were followed. No one has been charged in the drowning.

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