Changes to Frankfort pool one week after drowning

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Just one week after 15-year-old Adrian Alanis died after being pulled from the Frankfort TPA pool, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes is still struggling to understand how something like that could happen in his city.

“It’s not acceptable to this community,” said McBarnes. “We can’t change what has happened. We can just simply move forward and be even more proactive in making our pool a safer climate.”

Monday, McBarnes released a new set of pool standards. Changes include a new written emergency action plan and ongoing training with lifeguards.

“Everything from deep water rescue skills to lifeguarding skills to make sure that they keep up with those skills, so they can serve our patrons sufficiently,” said McBarnes.

Perhaps the biggest and most important change, McBarnes said, is staffing.

The day of the accident, McBarnes said only one lifeguard was watching the nearly Olympic-sized pool.

“This is the biggest deficiency that I saw, that again, according to state standards, we were within that realm of acceptability,” said McBarnes. “But to our administration, to our community, it’s not acceptable. And we’re going to change that and be proactive going forward.”

From now on, McBarnes said at least three lifeguards will have their eyes on the pool at all times.

He said the incident also occurred on a cloudy, windy day and weather is now something they’ll be paying closer attention to.

“We will take into consideration the temperature of that day, the cloud cover that day, the visibility of the sun, and if it’s in question in any way, the pool will be shut down until the following day,” said McBarnes.

McBarnes said despite all of these factors, the pool met every state standard that day and had every right to be open. He hopes now, these new pool standards will just help make the pool even safer.

“We’re going to ensure this incident doesn’t happen again,” said McBarnes.

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