New details revealed in pool drowning deaths of 3 in New Jersey

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Electricity ruled out as factor in East Brunswick drownings
Investigators had called an electrical contractor to the home in East Brunswick and sources say they believed there may have been an electrical issue in or near the pool that led to the deaths.

EAST BRUNSWICK, New Jersey -- A mother and grandfather who drowned in their backyard pool in New Jersey a week ago were trying to rescue an 8-year-old girl who had fallen in, police said.

Bharat Patel, 62. his daughter-in-law Nisha Patel, 33, and her 8-year-old daughter were found unresponsive in the above-ground pool on the afternoon of June 22 by East Brunswick police responding to a 911 call from neighbors who heard screams.

East Brunswick Lt. Frank Sutter said the young girl had fallen into the pool, and her grandfather and mother were trying to save her when they, too, began to drown, reported.

Middlesex County prosecutors and police said that while the above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3 1/2 feet deep, a portion of the pool was 7 feet deep and "It doesn't appear that the victims knew how to swim."

Real estate listings show that the pool was already installed when the Patel family purchased the home in April, reported. The family moved in last month.

The county's regional medical examiner determined the cause of death to be drowning and ruled the manner of death as accidental for all three victims. Police and prosecutors earlier said electricity played no part in their deaths.

Friends, family and neighbors are devastated after three people, including a child, were found dead in a pool in Middlesex County on Monday afternoon.