Workers Lose Jobs After Fall River Pool Death

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Four people have lost their jobs after a body went unnoticed for more than two days at the bottom of a state-run swimming pool in Fall River last month.

In a news conference Wednesday, the state Department and Conservation and Recreation, which oversees the pools, announced that pool manager Justin Medeiros, assistant pool manager Kevin Tavares, and southeast regional director Brian Shanahan all resigned at the request of the DCR. Sources confirmed the names of those who resigned to WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson.

Investigators said Wednesday the pool should not have been opened on Sunday, June 26 because the water was too cloudy.

DCR commissioner Edward Lambert said all three had a “direct role in the decision making relative to opening the pool” or “were involved in decisions that contradicted agency policy and were contributing factors to this tragic event.”

The city has also fired the health inspector for failing to close the pool with such murky conditions.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports

36-year-old Marie Joseph drowned after going down a slide into the cloudy water of the pool’s deep end that day.

Joseph’s body did not surface until Tuesday evening, more than two days later.

People continued to swim in the pool during that period.

The preliminary investigation showed the chlorine system at the pool shut down June 25, the day before the drowning and that the pool staff attempted to balance the chemical levels manually.

DCR officials say surveillance video showed Joseph coming up above the water briefly on June 26 before going down unnoticed for good into the murky water.

The video also showed there should have been another lifeguard on duty, given all of the activity in the deep end of the pool at the time Joseph went under.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

As for reports that a 9-year-old boy told lifeguards that Joseph missing, Lambert said they have not found any evidence to confirm that.

The DCR also announced Wednesday they will change the current pool water clarity inspection guidelines.

Slides at all state-run pools will be closed for testing as well.

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  1. emom says:

    how intersting paid leave for the inspectors for not closing the pool down… Agree with the others being fired as they should have maintained the pool. What about the story the boy talked to the lifeguard. Wow I smell lawsuit,,,,

  2. BEABEA says:

    WHAT ABOUT CHARGING HER FRIENDS WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE THE POOL KNOWING SHE WENT DOWN THE SLIDE AND NEVER CAME UP AND NOT GO LOOKING FOR HER WHEN THE BOY TOLD THEM?

  3. Kate says:

    OMG !!! Are you kidding…. The two “HEALTH INSPECTORS” were on PAID Leave – and I did not read anyplace that They resigned – That is government at work for you. Blame the little people (that were likely told they better open it) and the best part ….. ready ….. we will now Change the GUIDELINES to have a pool open – Please tell me …. What WERE the guidelines? Was it …. it’s ok if the water is murky and no one can see into the pool. WHAT THE HAY AND THE WHO !!!!!!!!

  4. PW says:

    ALL Slides should be removed from pools. Think forward..

    1. Dave says:

      why not just shut down all the pools and keep our kids in a padded room where they can never be hurt. Way to be closed minded…moron

  5. emom says:

    Oh they now say they have survaillence videos,,,, ah where was that peice of INFO .. and now it seems there was no little boy that went to a lifeguard, the plot thickens,,, Oh there seems to be so much more to this story… I wonder if the3 world will hear it all..

  6. swim man says:

    3 down, now what about the district manager? Still on paid leave;WHY???

  7. Mary says:

    How about the fact (as it has been reported anyway) that she couldn’t swim? She should not have been in the deep end in the first place- wether to swim or not. Having lived overseas- I would institute the same policy I always saw when at a public pool or private leisure center. If the lifeguard saw you heading toward the deep end- on foot or in the water, he’d call you over. He’d have you swim a lap back and forth across the pool, and send you back to the shallow end where you could stand if he had any doubts. I’m a very confident swimmer and was sent back many times myself!

    1. justsayin' says:

      no I am sorry I don’t agree with you. You are putting the blame on the person who drown.

  8. justsayin' says:

    the inspectors need to fired too. The lifeguards too.

  9. blackbear1 says:

    I still feel uneasy about this story, as it is reported. I lifeguarded for three summers as a college student and could not make this story up. Is it poor reporting? Were there surveillance tapes? Did the little boy really report the incident to a guard who did nothing? Nothing!! The family actually went home, with the boy, without her! Sorry but I’m still wrestling with this. Even with the deplorable conditions, no one encountered a body for two days. Young lifeguards are easy targets. I am so sorry this lady is dead, but please is there more?

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  10. ALABAMA WATCH says:

    WE ALL NEED TO BE PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY OF MARIE JOSEPH AND THE NINE YEAR OLD. IT IS SAD THAT HE HAD TO EXPERIENCE SUCH A TRAGIC EVENT AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. MAY GOD BE WITH EVERYONE INVOLVED. PICK UP THE BOOK OF LIFE AND READ REVELATIONS FROM BEGINNING TO END. WE ALL NEED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

  11. ALABAMA WATCH says:

    THEY SAW MARIE JOSEPH GO DOWN THE SLIDE DID THEY SEE THE NINE YEAR OLD GO DOWN BEFORE HER?
    AGAIN, MAY GOD BE WITH THE JOSEPH FAMILY, THE NINE YEAR OLD AND THE FAMILY OF THE NINE YEAR OLD.
    I AM ALSO PRAYING FOR ALL THAT ARE INVOLVED. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL!

  12. WAS A GUARD says:

    Were any of the three employees fired on duty the day of the incident? Were they on the property when her body was discovered? Poor employees…summer workers that do not have to accept any responsibility for what happened to this women and her family. There is more to this story; like there are more state employees that SHOULD BE FIRED!!!

  13. susieq says:

    The boy apparently told the lifeguards Marie went under after she came down the slide behind him. Now authorities say there is no evidence of this conversation. They do have surveillence showing Marie going down the slide and not resurfacing which is just as the child said. So the survaillence must also show if Marie came down just after the child or not.If she did, this is again ust as the child said and I would suspect this is a cover up to stop a potential lawsuit.

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