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Yarmouth Official: No Guard On Duty During Near-Drowning At Hotel Pool

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The pool at the Bayside Resort Hotel in Yarmouth. (Credit David G. Curran/ SatelliteNewsService.com)

The pool at the Bayside Resort Hotel in Yarmouth. (Credit David G. Curran/ SatelliteNewsService.com)

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YARMOUTH (CBS) – A Yarmouth town official confirmed Friday that there was no one on duty at a hotel swimming pool at the time of the near-drowning of two young sisters Wednesday night.

Director of Health Bruce G. Murphy said the Bayside Resort has employees trained in CPR, water safety, and first aid as required by the town. But Murphy added that the person was not on duty when the incident occurred.

The two girls, who are 12 and 9 years old, were pulled from the bottom of the hotel’s indoor pool around 7:30 p.m. They were being supervised by their uncle at the time of the incident.

As of Friday, the sisters were at Boston Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health swimming pool regulation does not require lifeguards at public pools, Murphy said, but the Yarmouth Board of Health requires a person trained in pool safety be on the premise

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