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Pool where Tampa girl drowned re-opens; parents feel safe

TAMPA — The pool where an 11-year-old girl drowned Wednesday reopened Thursday morning as usual for swimming lessons.

Joe Green, a Tampa parks manager, said Cyrus Greene Park pool is back to normal operations after Britney Mills was pulled from the bottom and taken to a hospital, where she died. No extra lifeguards have been added or changes made, he said, because no one appeared to have acted improperly.

Still, questions remain about how Mills wound up at the bottom of the pool with three lifeguards on duty. But parents seemed comfortable that their own children were safe and well-supervised at the facility.

"I'm confident," said Karen Gumbs, who has a 9-year-old daughter and sons ages 5 and 3. "They've been nothing but professional."

Police say 30 to 40 children were swimming in the Cyrus Greene Park pool Wednesday afternoon when they noticed Mills had not surfaced. She had been swimming underwater in the deep end, which has a depth of more than 6 feet.

It's unknown how long the Oak Park Elementary fifth-grader was at the bottom, police said.

Police are still investigating and an autopsy is pending.

Darryl Hill, who regularly brings his sons —15-year-old David, 11-year-old Zavid and 9-year-old Darryl — to the pool, Thursday was asked if he was uneasy about the girl's drowning.

"Yeah, sort of," he said. "But life goes on. You can't stop doing what you're doing."

Besides, he pointed out, "They need to learn how to swim."

Pool where Tampa girl drowned re-opens; parents feel safe 07/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:05pm]
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