Charges Possible In Pool Death

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 8:37am

Officials say pool where body went undetected for days shouldn't have been open.

Massachusetts state officials are updating their investigation into the death of a woman at a public pool.

Officials say the murky state-run Fall River swimming pool where the woman's body went unnoticed for two days should not have opened the day she drowned.

The woman's body had been submerged for more than two days with no one noticing the woman's body because the water was so murky.

Authorities now say they have surveillance video that shows the moments before 38-year-old Marie Joseph drowned accidentally on June 26th.

Two teenagers made the discovery when they jumped the fence to go swimming after hours.

Investigators say Joseph went swimming with a group of people from her neighborhood.

She went down a slide and was not seen again.

Authorities say the video shows a 9-year-old boy go down the slide with the victim following behind him.

She is then seen a couple of times at the top of the water, and then she disappears.

Witnesses say the boy reported the woman missing to lifeguards, and they did nothing about it.

Investigators say that they have not been able to corroborate that claim but they are still looking into it.

“Approximately six seconds elapse between the time when Ms. Joseph entered the water and her disappearance. At no time does the video indicate struggle at the surface of the water,” said DCR Chief Ranger Curt Rudge. “A total of four lifeguards were on duty at the time of the incident - one lifeguard was stationed at the slide-end of the pool, standing at the water's edge between the slide and the dive block…it appears in the video that the lifeguard stationed at the slide might have had her attention focused on four of five people who were in the water…when Ms. Joseph entered the water.”

Authorities announced that three DCR employees in the area have resigned.

The entire lifeguard staff at that pool remains on administrative leave.

Criminal charges could still be filed in this case.

The investigation is ongoing.

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