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Old 03-13-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Boy pulled from Disney resort pool dies

Just wanted to provide a link to a sad front page CNN story about a child's death after being pulled from the Pop Century pool.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/us/flo...html?hpt=hp_t2
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:26 AM   #2
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Very sad. Keeping the family in my prayers...
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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Just wanted to provide a link to a sad front page CNN story about a child's death after being pulled from the Pop Century pool.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/us/flo...html?hpt=hp_t2
Terrible story...I wish his family the best
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #4
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:(

How horribly sad. I can't even imagine something like this happening on a vacation. So sorry for this family.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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Sad news indeed and this is the 2nd time a child has died with ties to Pop Century.Best wishes to his family going forward.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:49 PM   #6
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Really sad story, and what makes me even more upset is that this is something that could have been avoided. I was a lifeguard for four years, I don't understand why city/county/state laws allow pools to be operated without lifeguards. It just doesn't make sense, the only reason is for $$$$$. Sad.


I wonder if Disney will now change their policies and close the pools if there is no lifeguard on duty.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #7
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I have a feeling that the polls will start being closed/locked up now when a life guard is not on duty.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:16 PM   #8
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Really sad story, and what makes me even more upset is that this is something that could have been avoided. I was a lifeguard for four years, I don't understand why city/county/state laws allow pools to be operated without lifeguards. It just doesn't make sense, the only reason is for $$$$$. Sad.


I wonder if Disney will now change their policies and close the pools if there is no lifeguard on duty.
I agree, I could have sworn, once upon a time, at least at the MAIN resort pools they would close at a certain time after the lifeguards left for the day (they may have even been opened until 10 or even midnight but once the lifeguards were gone the pools closed) HOWEVER I do recall the quiet pools being opened all night with a "swim at your own risk" option. It's a horrible tragedy waiting to happen that horribly did.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #9
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Really sad story, and what makes me even more upset is that this is something that could have been avoided. I was a lifeguard for four years, I don't understand why city/county/state laws allow pools to be operated without lifeguards. It just doesn't make sense, the only reason is for $$$$$. Sad.


I wonder if Disney will now change their policies and close the pools if there is no lifeguard on duty.
Most hotels do not have lifeguards at all. This was just a tragic accident. I hope the policy does not change. Think about how many thousands of people swim on property year after year without any issues--even when there are no lifeguards present. My heart breaks for this family, but there was not much that could have been done. His dad was there, and did CPR on his son as soon as he could have. It just takes a split second for an accident to happen. In all likelihood, a lifeguard being present would not have made a difference. Very sad, but a policy change, IMHO, is not needed because of this.
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The reality is that lifeguards do cost money (though not much) and Disney finds it difficult to meet its staffing requirements as is...

I think most would say that no lifeguards and multiple pools/broad access is a trade off that they would make...and incur the risk.

If we're talking strictly safety...then no it doesn't hold.
But you get the good with the bad on that - namely the immediate closure of the wave pool at typhoon and drastic reductions in hours and possible pool closures.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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Horrible tragedy

My heart breaks for this family. Prayers for comfort and strength through this tragedy.

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*hops into flame suit* The bad news here besides the result is so long as there was that posted sign/stand thingie that said "swim at your own risk", Disney is totally not at fault. Like others have said, hotel pools all over rarely have life guards. It's not a prudent staffing decision. I'd really doubt that any policy will change because of this. You can't even say it was a matter of it being a kid. These kind of accidents can happen to anyone. I'm 5'2" and in my twenties. I'm not a great swimmer. If I was in the deep end (and I'm not referencing what the kid was doing or not doing) and something happened while their wasn't a life guard on duty, frankly I'm the one that took the risk. Even if I was 6'10" and in the shallow end, accidents happen. It'd still be on me.

That all being said, what a terrible thing for the family to go through, for a happy place not to be a happy place anymore.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:23 AM   #15
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omg I was there when this happened.
I had gotten back to POP from my dinner at Victoria and Alberts...
It was approx 11:30pm on Sunday night.


I walked thru the main building and out the back door to go to the smoking area...I was wondering why there were CM's posted all around the entrances to the pool. Now I know why.

So sorry to hear of this sad event. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
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