City pools to remain closed until further notice - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

City pools to remain closed until further notice

All city-owned swimming pools will remain closed until further notice following the recent drowning deaths of two teenage boys, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office said Monday.

The 13 pools were supposed to reopen on Monday, but Toni Holmon-Turner said authorities are investigating the deaths and administrators are re-evaluating pool operating procedures.

The two boys drowned May 31 at separate community centers and all the city-owned pools were immediately shut down. The boys are among five Tennessee youths who have drowned in a little over a week.

Jim Strickland, the chairman of the Memphis City Council's Parks Committee said the city's Parks Department and the City Attorney have not told him why the pools are still closed.

"I think the pools should be reopened as soon as possible, unless there's something out there that I don't know about that's prohibiting them from reopening," he said. "I'm assuming there is something out there because I don't think administration would close them for the sake of closing them."

In at least two of the five Tennessee cases, lifeguards tried to perform CPR until paramedics arrived.  Tennessee requires one lifeguard on duty for every 25 swimmers up to 50. Requirements are set according to a square-footage scale when 51 or more patrons are present.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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