Rosedale Beach Club Speaks Following Tragedy
PENN HILLS (KDKA) — There are new details about the death of a local boy at a private pool.
KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports that investigators say it looks like 11-year-old Christopher Myers was in the deep end of the pool at the Rosedale Beach Club playing around with his friends, swimming in the pool lane.
No one saw him go under and police say it looks like a tragic accident.
Myers’ body was found below the ropes in about 6 ½ feet of water.
“Rosedale Beach Club is not a dangerous pool at all,” Mary Chirdon, a spokesperson for the club, told KDKA-TV.
For the first time, officials with the pool are talking about the tragedy and how they will get through it. Myers was family there.
“Through prayer,” Chirdon said. “It all begins with prayer. God, for some reason, God has taken Chris to his heavenly home.”
Myers, a student at St. Joseph’s School in Verona, was swimming at the pool on Friday with 15 other people. There were two lifeguards poolside — within state law.
Somehow, according to the initial investigation, Myers went under. A friend saw him at the bottom of the pool and yelled for help.
“We’ll look at things from the top to the bottom to find the cause and see what we can do to prevent this from happening again,” Dr. Bruce Dixon, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, said.
Health department investigators were at the pool on Monday and found nothing out of the ordinary. County homicide detectives are also involved and they found nothing out of the ordinary.
Lawyers representing the pool and the victim’s family are also investigating.
“Anytime somebody dies, there’s concern of what could have been done differently to prevent it,” Dixon said.
KDKA-TV looked at several years of health department inspection reports and found nothing major and no staffing problems.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says there is nothing at this point to rule out drowning as the cause of death; however, they are waiting on some tests.
The pool will reopen Thursday after the Myers’ funeral.