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3 pool officials resign after drowning

NEW BEDFORD, MA (WPRI/CNN) - State investigators in Massachusetts released preliminary findings in a public pool drowning that went unnoticed for days.

Former Fall River Mayor Ed Lambert now runs the state agency in charge of public pools in Massachusetts. Lambert revealed the results of an investigation into the drowning death of 36-year-old Marie Joseph.

"We believe that the degree of cloudiness in the pool was a factor in the inability of anyone to detect Miss Joseph's body in the deep end of the pool," he said.

Joseph's body went undetected for two days after she drowned in late June.

Investigators said a surveillance video showed she disappeared only six seconds after she entered the water and that the water was dangerously cloudy.

As a result, the state asked for and got the resignations of three pool officials blamed for making bad decisions.

"DCR standards call for a pool to be closed if at any time any part of the pool becomes too cloudy to detect an object on the bottom of the pool," said Curt Rudge with the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Now pool checks will include in-the-water inspections and water quality tests will now gauge the visibility.

"To Marie Joseph's family, our sincerest condolences, we recognize your heartache, we share in that heartache, and we're going to do our best to use this incident in a constructive way to build and maintain public confidence," Lambert said.

The investigation into the drowning will continue.

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