A 40-year-old Medford man died earlier this month in a Cape Cod, MA drowning accident at the Bayside Resort Hotel in Yarmouth. This is the second swimming fatality at the hotel in four months.
According to the media, first responders started administering CPR to Thomas Flynn at the scene. He was later pronounced dead upon arrival at Cape Cod Hospital.
Police say that a young hotel guest discovered him at the bottom of the pool’s shallow end. Bystanders pulled him out of the water.
In August, two young sisters, ages 9 and 12, were involved in a Massachusetts drowning accident at the same resort. Relative and motel guests pulled them from the water. At Children's Hospital in Boston, the younger sister was taken off life-support systems and she passed away.
Following that earlier incident, the Yarmouth Board of Health unanimously voted not to take action against the hotel owner. A lawyer for the hotel’s insurer had argued that the drowning accident should be blamed on the adult relative who were supposed to be supervising the girls.
Under Yarmouth’s health regulations, lifeguards are not required at hotel swimming pools. However, the property should have someone certified in first aid, CPR, and water safety on the grounds when the pool is open for use. Due to a shift swap that management didn’t know about, there was no such individual was at the site when the Yarmouth drowning accident involving the two girls happened.
In another unrelated Massachusetts drowning death in Yarmouth in August, a 68-year-old man was pronounced dead after his body was found floating in a pool at the Riverview Resort. William Butler had been swimming alone. No lifeguard was on duty at the time.
Massachusetts Drowning Accidents
Proper supervision, safety and rescue equipment, and someone trained in CPR and other measures to prevent Massachusetts drowning deaths are essential at hotels and other properties with swimming pools that are frequented by patrons and guests. Pools should also be secured so that no one can enter the water during off hours or when no one is supervising. The pool and the surrounding area should be free of debris and other hazards that may increase the chances of a Boston injury accident.
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N.Y. man drowns while swimming in Cape Cod pool, The Boston Globe, October 20, 2014
Hotel not faulted in drowning, Cape Cod Times, September 9, 2014
Police identify local man who drowned in hotel pool, MyFoxBoston, December 5, 2014
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