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Three family members who drowned in a backyard pool in New Jersey did not know how to swim, authorities said.

The deaths of Nisha Patel, 33, her 8-year-old daughter, and her father-in-law Bharat Patel, 62, on Monday have been ruled accidental, with drowning listed as the cause of death, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the East Brunswick Police Department.

The three victims were found unresponsive in the above-ground pool at their home in East Brunswick, and were pronounced dead shortly after, authorities said.
“The above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3½ feet deep, but there was a portion of the pool that was 7 feet deep,” a joint statement from the prosecutor’s office and police said. “It doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim.”

Authorities previously determined that electricity did not play a part in the tragic accident. East Brunswick police responded to a call from neighbors around 4:15 p.m. after screaming was heard coming from the home, according to WNBC.

The outlet reported that the family had only just moved into the house in the past month, and recently had the pool fixed. “It’s just horrible. It’s tragic,” a neighbor who saw the victims be pulled from the pool told NJ.com.

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