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Fall River Pool Reopens Year After Murky-Water Drowning

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FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts swimming pool where a woman drowned in murky water and her body went unnoticed for days has reopened.

WPRI-TV reports the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Pool in Fall River opened again on Saturday.

The body of Marie Joseph was found last June 28, two days after she was reported missing while swimming at the pool. Joseph was a Newport, R.I., hotel housekeeper from Haiti. Her body went unnoticed at the bottom of the pool while other people swam. Her death was ruled accidental.

State workers were criticized for opening the pool despite poor water clarity. State recreation officials spent nearly $500,000 to repair and upgrade the facility. Additional lifeguards have been hired, the deep end has been made shallower and water slides have been removed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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