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After Toddler Drowns in Pool, Mom Charged With Murder

Georgia mom Bobbie Jessica Prather hit with felony murder charge

(Newser) - It's a summer-season nightmare no parent wants to envision: their young child drowning in a backyard swimming pool. Instead of drawing sympathy, however, one Georgia mom has instead been charged with felony murder after her 3-year-old was found unconscious on Memorial Day in a swimming pool and subsequently died... More »

Scientists Confirm Worst Fears About Pee in Pools

The amount of urine in most pools can be measured in gallons

(Newser) - About one in five Americans say they've peed in the pool. Even the world's most famous pool-user, Michael Phelps, says " everybody " does it. Now scientists have finally figured out a way to quantify just how much urine is in our pools, and the results in Environmental ... More »

That Classic Summertime Pool Smell? It's Pee

Nice job, filthy humans

(Newser) - Think back to all those summers spent lounging by the pool. You can probably conjure the smell of the water—a mix of chlorine and a certain je ne sais quoi. Well, prepare to be horrified. That je ne sais quoi is actually the smell of disinfection byproducts or DBPs,... More »

Rio Promises Blue Water, but Odd Green May Be Spreading

First the diving pool, now the water polo pool

(Newser) - If you happened to tune into a diving event Tuesday, you probably noticed the pool at Rio's outdoor aquatics center was "as green as split-pea soup," as the National Post puts it—or "close to the color swatch movie set designers turn to when they want... More »

Toddler's Near-Drowning, Rescue Caught on Video

Her aunt is charged with child neglect

(Newser) - No one noticed when a 3-year-old girl wandered into a community pool in Titusville, Fla., nor when she slipped beneath the surface. Yet, miraculously, the toddler is alive. A surveillance video—it isn't clear when it was taken—shows Keyuna Jordan walk into a pool at an apartment complex... More »

CDC: Public Pools Fail 4 out of 5 Safety Inspections

And it's even worse for kiddie pools

(Newser) - The CDC wants Americans to know the risks when they hop in the pool this summer—and they're not talking about those embarrassing air bubbles that escape your swimsuit sometimes. According to a report released Thursday, more than 84,000 routine inspections of more than 48,500 pools, hot... More »

Navy SEAL Student Dies in 'Legendarily Difficult' Course

James Derek Lovelace was attempting to do an exercise called 'drown proofing'

(Newser) - An underwater training course for Navy SEALs that the Washington Post calls "legendarily difficult" proved fatal Friday for one student at a California naval station. James Derek Lovelace, 21, who had just joined the Navy six months ago and completed basic training in January, was wrapping up the last... More »

Man Drives His Tesla Into Pool, Dies

Elderly man was apparently unable to escape the car

(Newser) - An 85-year-old Texas man with a friend in the car drove his Tesla into a neighbor's swimming pool Sunday afternoon and ended up dead, the Houston Chronicle reports. The driver and his female passenger were in his garage when, somehow, he crashed the car through a brick wall and... More »

CDC: Blame Pee, Not Just Chlorine for Pool Red-Eye

Sweat, 'other waste' also play a role

(Newser) - Plenty of swimmers blame chlorine in pools for symptoms like red, stinging eyes and nasal irritation, but the reality is a bit more complicated and a lot more disgusting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says the red eyes are caused by "chlorine binding... More »

Huge Swastika Spotted in Swimming Pool

Brazilian police say they can't press charges

(Newser) - Brazilian police were flying in a helicopter on a drug raid when they made a startling find: a huge swastika at the bottom of a swimming pool, RT.com reports. After investigating, police say the Nazi symbol had been there for 13 years but they can't press charges because... More »

Peeing in the Pool May Actually Be Bad for You

Study finds urine, chlorine create dangerous chemical byproducts

(Newser) - Peeing in the pool: gross, sure, but no real harm done? Think again. Researchers at Purdue and China Agricultural universities recently studied what happens when urine meets water containing chlorine and other chemicals—and they found that two potentially dangerous chemical byproducts are formed, Discover reports. The uric acid in... More »

Police Pull Over ... a Swimming Pool

A BMW convertible 'of a slightly different kind,' say police

(Newser) - The "carpool" has finally gone literal: Four men decided to beat the heat in Eibenstock, Germany, on Sunday by taking a ride in a convertible—only this was "a convertible of a slightly different kind," according to police. Carved out, sealed, and filled with some 530 gallons... More »

Olympian's Mission: Cut Drowning Among African-American Kids

Gold medal champ Cullen Jones hopes to reduce high numbers

(Newser) - After nearly drowning at the age of 5, Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is using his watery brilliance to reduce the disproportionately high number of drowning deaths among African-American children. Jones won gold in 2008 and is competing in the London games, but in the off-season, he travels the nation with... More »

Chemical Fumes Sicken 80 at Indiana Pool

Bad mix of chemicals creates chlorine gas

(Newser) - At least 80 people, most of them children, were hospitalized after being overcome by chemical fumes at a public pool in Indianapolis. Investigators say a toxic out-of-balance mix of chemicals was pumped into the pool, creating chlorine gas, reports the Indianapolis Star . The gas wasn't as lethal as the... More »

Breast Cancer Survivor Can Swim Topless in Seattle Pool

Officials modify 'gender appropriate' policy for Jodi Jaecks

(Newser) - A breast cancer survivor has won the right to swim topless in a public pool in Seattle. Jodi Jaecks, who had both breasts removed in her cancer fight, was having a difficult time finding comfortable swimming suits, and since she had no breasts to cover up, appealed to swim top-free.... More »

King Boozing, Smoking Weed Before He Died

Fiancée Cynthia Kelley says she heard screams

(Newser) - Rodney King drank all day yesterday and smoked marijuana for hours before dying at the bottom of his swimming pool early this morning, TMZ reports. Sources close to King say his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, tells them she went to bed at 2 a.m. and was awakened at 5... More »

Couple Busted for Sex in Aquatic Park

Witnesses 'disturbed,' pool water recycled

(Newser) - That's one sizzling couple. Stunned kids and parents at an Indiana aquatic park were grossed out when a wet and wild couple decided to make love in a pool on Sunday, according to cops. The facility manager ordered the 33-year-old man and 40-year-old woman to break it up some... More »

NYC Pad With Living Room Pool: $11M

It's a 'bragging-rights property': owner

(Newser) - Want a pool in your living room—but can’t bear to leave the Big Apple? You’re in luck: Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is home to a townhouse with a 15- by 30-foot pool inside. It was listed earlier this year for $11 million. “This is definitely a... More »

Accident Leads to Homicide Case for Pool Company Exec

He is charged with manslaughter after boy dies

(Newser) - The president of a swimming pool company has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after a 6-year-old boy drowned in one of his pools that lacked a safety feature, reports the Wall Street Journal . The unusual case sets a precedent that could result in two trends: More prosecutions like this... More »

Man Gets Stuck at Water Park

Dad cut from slide after water park mishap

(Newser) - It would be funny if it didn't sound so utterly painful: A British man in his thirties had to be cut from a fiberglass water slide after he flew into a concrete step at the end of the tube. "There was a small gap about an inch wide between... More »

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