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NEW JERSEY : Hot Tub Death Spurs Vow for Legislation

May 30, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

State lawmakers promised to push for a law requiring whirlpool baths to have nearby emergency shut-off switches after a 16-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub, the sixth such fatality nationwide since 1980. Friends of Tanya Marie Nickens tried to pull her free last weekend from the 3-foot-deep tub, where 12 tons of suction pressure pinned her body over an unprotected grate. It took several minutes for someone to reach the emergency shutoff switch in the fitness club's basement.

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