Fall River pool where woman drowned reopens
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Fall River pool forced to close early last year after a woman was found dead at the bottom is reopening to the public Saturday at 10 a.m.
The drowning victim was at the bottom of the pool for two days before she was found.
Officials have made changes to make sure that never happens again.
The Fall River pool marred by a drowning tragedy one year ago is about to reopen a much different place.
“This pool has seen about $600,000 in new investment. The agency has taken pretty significant actions including some physical improvements here to the pool, but also some staffing changes, some operational changes,” said Ed Lambert, DCR Commissioner.
The DCR showed off new mechanical, deck and lifeguard stations -- as well as things that are no longer there like springboards and slides.
But can these changes be enough to prevent the kind of tragedy that allowed 36-year-old Marie Joseph to drown and her body to go undiscovered for days?
“Certainly with the rules and protocols in place and the training that we have in place, there is no reason why there should be any concern on the part of the public that we cannot keep them safe and protected at these particular facilities,” said Lambert.
The depth of the deep end where Marie Joseph drowned has been reduced by more than half -- at 5 feet 6 inches -- and that's about to become standard at all DCR pools in the state.
The new full time Aquatics director demonstrated the water clarity test that will be conducted four times daily. If a disc cannot be seen from above, the pool must be closed.
Lifeguards were in place for training on Friday getting ready for Saturday’s opening.