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Police Investigating Near Drowning

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

Jackson Police released more information about how a young girl who almost drowned in the swimming pool of the Regency Apartments around 5, Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the 14-year-old girl jumped the fence with her younger cousin, to go for a swim. Experts tell 7 Eyewitness News that many people think that it is no big deal to ignore pool warning signs, which is a decision that is more dangerous than swimmers realize.

Lieutenant Tyreece Miller of the Jackson Police Department said it was a horrifying scene, no one wants to see happen in any apartment pool.

"There was a 14-year-old girl that had got into the shallow end of the water, she eventually made her way into the deep end and went under," said Lt. Miller.

The teen was in the apartment complex's pool which had not opened for the summer. Both girls ignored the warning signs and climbed the walls to swim, said police.

"They climbed the wall, because the gate was locked," said Miller

Locked up with no life guard on duty.

"Her 13-year-old cousin was with her, she couldn't swim either so she went and got help," said Lt. Miller.

Managers said at the time of the accident the pool was awaiting inspection, which is something the health department told 7
Eyewitness News could involve more risk to unsuspecting swimmers.

"Definitely do not go into any locked pool that's just too dangerous to get involved in anyway, " said Mark Morris of the Jackson-Madison County Health Department.

If your pool is locked up, experts say it is for a good reason, ignoring safety precautions could endanger your life.

"It's very dangerous and there is no telling what you might run into if you just jumped into a pool area that was locked up, they may be trying to correct a critical violation," said Morris.

Violations such as cloudy water, bacteria, and dangerous chlorine levels that could effect your safety.

"If you see those signs posted, then obey, because they are there for a good reason," said Lt. Miller.

All evidence points to an accident in this case, said police.

Investigators said, the 14-year-old remains in very critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
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