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Three Indian-Origin Family Members Found Dead in Backyard Pool in NJ


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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- Three Indian-origin family members, including an 8-year-old girl, have been found dead in the backyard pool of their recently purchased home in New Jersey, police said.


62-year-old Bharat Patel, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter Sacchi were found unresponsive in the above-ground pool June 22 afternoon by East Brunswick police responding to a 911 call from neighbors who heard screams.


Police Lt. Frank Sutter told reporters police performed CPR when they arrived, but all three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.


The tragic ordeal began when the child — identified by neighbors as Sacchi Patel — jumped into a 6- or 7-foot-deep section of the above-ground pool at the family’s recently purchased house in East Brunswick on Monday afternoon, as per report.


An aunt who was watching the girl called for help, and the child’s 62-year-old grandfather, Bharat Patel, jumped in to try to save her, But Bharat struggled in the water because he didn’t know how to swim, according to the report.


So the girl’s mother, 33-year-old Nisha Patel, then jumped in. But Nisha also didn’t know how to swim and struggled to save both her daughter and father-in-law before drowning, according to the report.


The aunt who witnessed the ordeal was able to reach the young girl in the water, but not soon enough to save her life.


The three lived in the house on Clearview Road, which the family bought in April for USD 451,000, according to public records.


On June 23, the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office said it had concluded the deaths were by accidental drowning.

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