3 Indian-origin family members drown in new home's backyard pool in US
The deaths have been ruled accidental. Investigators have not determined how all three family members drowned, but were seeking to determine if they were not strong swimmers and panicked when reaching deeper water.
Three Indian-origin family members, including an 8-year-old girl, have been found dead in the backyard pool of their recently-purchased home in the US state of New Jersey, police said.
Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, drowned accidently in the above-ground pool in East Brunswick on Monday, police was quoted as saying by the NJ.com.
Authorities had been investigating if the three had been electrocuted in the pool, but ruled that out on Tuesday afternoon, the New York Post reported. Law-enforcement sources said the pool varied in depth, with a deep end or a section in the middle that was several feet, the report said.
Investigators have not determined how all three family members drowned, but were seeking to determine if they were not strong swimmers and panicked when reaching deeper water, it said. The three lived in the house on Clearview Road, which the family bought in April for $451,000, according to public records.
The family had moved into the home just 20 days earlier, police said.
Neighbours recalled hearing screaming from the backyard on Monday. “I went out on my back deck and I saw the EMS guy jump in the water, and I saw the woman get pulled out, and they started working on them,” said the next door neighbour.
Police spokesman Frank Sutter said: “We believe the mother was screaming from inside the pool (area) for help.”
Police attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)but pronounced the three victims dead at the scene, authorities said.
Mayor Brad Cohen told NJ.com that the “entire East Brunswick community is shocked and saddened.”
“Our condolences go out to the family and may they find strength from the community that shares in their grief,” he said. All the family members who came on Tuesday, however, declined to comment.