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Couple Wins $1M in Case of Locker Voyeurism

David Alan Frick, 55, reportedly admitted to secretly recording women

(Newser) - The cost of secretly recording women in a Washington state locker room: $1 million in damages. So a judge ruled this week after a couple sued the city of Bellingham and the city employee who admitted to making the videos in 2015 at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, the Bellingham ... More »

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died... More »

Woman Has Bizarre Reason for Calling Cops on Black Man

The Tennessee woman was fired from her job following the incident

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman has been fired from her job after reportedly calling the cops on a black man for wearing socks in a swimming pool on the 4th of July. Per CBS News , Erica Walker was working as a property manager with Trilogy Residential Management at a Memphis apartment complex... More »

Woman Jumps Into Pool to Save a Life, Then Saves 2

As she was saving the toddler, she saw the boy’s mother underneath him

(Newser) - A 35-year-old mother channeled her inner superhero on Wednesday when she dove into a pool to save a drowning mother and her 3-year-old son at an Indianapolis apartment complex, reports WTHR . Jennifer Potter, an assistant manager at Brookwood Apartments, and a co-worker were cruising by the community pool in a... More »

Cops Stopped Lifeguards From Saving Drowning Man: Lawsuit

The man was trying to drown himself during a bipolar episode, he says

(Newser) - A man who says he tried to commit suicide by drowning himself during a bipolar episode is suing police in Virginia over claims they stood by as the life drained out of him. The suit filed by Polish national Mateusz Fijalkowski in Virginia alleges that Fairfax County police actually held... More »

For Woman Stuck in Pool, Facebook to the Rescue

Ladder broke when NH woman, 61, went to get out, but she had an iPad nearby

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in her swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to the loving arms of Facebook to ask for help getting out. "I had one foot on (the ladder), and when I put my other foot on it, it went down. And I... More »

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 »

Pool Fire Hits Vegas Hotel

Only one person suffered injuries

(Newser) - A fire at a hotel's swimming pool sent large plumes of black smoke above the Las Vegas Strip but left most guests unscathed today. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to gain control of the blaze on the 14th floor of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel, said Clark... 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 »

Horse Found Stuck in Backyard Pool

Firefighters rescue horse that roamed on owner's property

(Newser) - A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink. Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen yesterday when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says... 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 »

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