Boy’s death prompts pools’ closing
The two pools at the Hudson Valley Resort have remained closed since the July 4 incident
KERHONKSON, N.Y. » A youth visiting the Hudson Valley Resort in July as part of a religious group outing died two days after being pulled unconscious from the resort’s pool.
State Trooper Steven Nevel said police continue to investigate the incident, but authorities believe the youth’s death to have been an accidental drowning.
Emergency responders were called to the 240-room resort at 4 p.m. July 4 for an unconscious minor who had been pulled from a pool. Nevel said the boy died two days later, on July 6, at Westchester County Medical Center.
Authorities didn’t announce the boy’s death at the time of the incident and an initial request to the Ulster County Health Department for information was denied on the grounds that the incident was still under investigation.
The Freeman learned of the in-
cident in August, but was only able to confirm the boy’s death this week.
Nevel said the boy’s death was ruled “accidental asphyxia due to drowning,” and that there was no indication of alcohol, drugs, or foul play contributing to his death.
On the same day the boy died, the Ulster County Health Department ordered
both pools at the resort closed. The county Health Department is responsible for issuing permits for public pools, said Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith.
Smith said that, although the facility’s outdoor pool was “the one of particular interest,” the Health Department closed both indoor and outdoor pools pending completion of its investigation.
According to the resort’s website, the facility’s outdoor pool is open between
Memorial Day and Labor Day. Its indoor pool is open year-round, however a note on the resort’s website states “Please note that our pool may be closed periodically due to circumstances beyond our control — please call to confirm availability.”
Smith confirmed Thursday that the pools remained closed under order of the Health Department. She said the Health Department will not issue permits for the pools to reopen until the department
meets with representatives of RHL Corp., which owns the resort formerly known as the Granit.
“In order to have the closure notice removed we have to conduct a full investigation including a hearing,” said Smith. She said a hearing had been scheduled for August, but that hearing was postponed at the request of RHL Corp.
“That was the last that we heard from them,” Smith said, adding: “They understood the permit would not
be reinstated until we have a hearing.”
Calls to the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa by the Freeman were not returned.
Smith said the boy was at the resort on an outing with a New York City-based group and was in the pool with a number of other youths at the time of the incident. She said a lifeguard was on duty at the time, but couldn’t say whether there was more than one lifeguard at the pool or how many people were in the
pool at the time of the incident.
Nevel said a lifeguard performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy until emergency responders arrived.
Officials declined to identify the boy by name or say how old he was.
In addition to making the pools available to the guests of the resort, Hudson Valley Resort and Spa opens them to groups and camps, and offers day passes to the outdoor pool to local residents.
The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa’s main building, left, and a smaller building stand perpendicular to each other in November 2015.