Massachusetts officials will not open slides at state-run pools
this summer, following a policy review stemming from the June 2011
drowning of Marie Joseph.
The 36-year-old woman drowned in Veterans Memorial Pool in Fall
River. Her body went unnoticed at the bottom of the pool for two
days because water was dangerously cloudy.
Investigations did not cite the slide as a direct cause of
Joseph’s death, but Department of Conservation and Recreation
Commissioner Edward Lambert told local media all slides will be
closed pending completion of a national safety study.
Reports indicate that the department also is recommending creation
of a state aquatics division and the hiring of a full-time aquatics
director, along with 20 additional lifeguards at state pools.