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Frankfort’s mayor has announced changes to the city’s swimming pool that he hopes will make it safer when it reopens next summer.

In a press release Monday, Chris McBarnes laid out a three-pronged safety plan instigated by the death of a 15-year old swimmer last month.

Topping the mayor’s priorities is the creation of a written safety plan for the pool which will replace oral rules taught to lifeguards upon their hiring.

Indiana Expert: Drownings Can Happen In An Instant

Jun 23, 2014
M. Kuhlman

Experts are reminding Indiana parents to be vigilant when their summer fun with the kids involves water.

Earlier this month, two young brothers drowned in a pond in Hobart, and a teen boy drowned near Whiting last week after jumping off a pier into Lake Michigan.

A child should never go into the water without being watched closely by an adult, said Dr. Joseph O'Neil, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, because tragedy can happen in an instant.