Frankfort mayor releases new safety protocols after teen drowns in public pool

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FRANKFORT, Ind. (Aug. 4, 2014)-- Mayor Chris McBarnes announced new safety protocols for public pools in Frankfort Monday. This comes one week after 15-year-old Adrian Alanis drowned at the TPA Park pool.

The teen's father told Fox59 he didn't think lifeguards were watching his son carefully enough.

"I think that there was human error. I don't think my son just drowned,” Magdelano Alanis said.

A little girl nearly drowned in the same pool last summer.

The Mayor already closed the TPA Park pool for the remainder of the summer and said “a comprehensive review of pool operations is being implemented, including re-enforced safety measures, additional training for all lifeguards and pool staff and a review of the working mechanisms of the pool itself.”

After looking at that review, Mayor McBarnes laid out a list of changes.

One of the major changes is to lifeguard rotation and training at the TPA Park pool. Instead of one-hour shifts, lifeguards will now only be on for 30-minute shifts. There will be a minimum of three lifeguards on duty at all times and there will be a manager who patrols the pool by walking around it to add another set of eyes on the water.

Lifeguards will also have to go through a water skills training program specific to the TPA pool.

Officials will rewrite a safety and emergency action plan before the pool opens next season.

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