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Bridgeport City Pool closed after drowning

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Bridgeport's pool is closed after a man drowned there over the weekend. Bridgeport's pool is closed after a man drowned there over the weekend.
BRIDGEPORT, AL (WAFF) - The Bridgeport City Pool has been closed after a man drowned over the weekend.

According to the mayor, the pool is closed for the rest of the summer. That decision came two days after 48-year-old Bert Winston, Junior drown there during a church picnic.

The coroner said Winston's body was in the pool for two hours before someone discovered him. The water was so murky, no one could see the body at the bottom of the pool.

Some residents said the city recently closed the pool for a few days before the drowning - but city officials will not confirm that.

One resident said the man's death was tragic, but does not remember the pool being cloudy like that the week before, when her granddaughter had her birthday party at the city pool.

"I have owned a pool before, and it doesn't take but a few days to get murky if you don't put your chemicals in it," said Faye Atkins. "I know the kids don't like it (the pool's closure), but we never go down there on a daily basis."

It is possible a lawsuit could come out of the incident. Family members of the victim are deciding if they want to have an autopsy performed. Winston's body remains at the morgue pending their decision.

The mayor declined to comment about the pool and Winston's death, citing that the case was under investigation by the city and their insurance carrier.

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