Authorities said 62-year-old Bharat Patel and his 33-year-old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel went into the pool to save Nisha’s 8-year-old daughter.READ MORE: State Department Temporarily Shuts Down Online Booking System For Passport Appointments, Adding Frustration To Post-Pandemic Backlog
All three victims were found unresponsive on June 22 after a neighbor heard screaming and called 911.READ MORE: Queens High School Secures $20 Million To Overhaul Neglected Athletic Field
Investigators said that while the above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3 1/2 feet deep, a portion was 7 feet deep, adding “it doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim.”
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, the family had just moved into the house about a month ago.MORE NEWS: Fire Destroys Carteret, New Jersey Apartment Complex; Dozens Displaced
It was initially thought electricity may have played a role in their deaths, but the medical examiner determined they were accidental drownings.