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A LIFEGUARD who was chatting to women as a Walsall father-of-three lay at the bottom of a College swimming pool for over 30 minutes has been fined £200.

Adrian Miles, who was using the pool to recover from a rugby injury that left him temporarily paralysed, was only pulled from the water after his body was spotted by other swimmers.

Alex Cotterill had been responsible for the deep end of the baths at the Walsall campus of Wolverhampton University and he had failed to take reasonable care when Mr Miles drowned in 2006.

Judge Michael Dudley told 28-year-old Cotterill he had been convicted of "inattention for a substantial period of time putting a number of pool users at risk".

He added, "It seems to me the real punishment in this case in the conviction. It will impact on your future. My powers are extremely limited and your finances are in a dire condition."

Cotterill of Leighton Road, Wolverhampton, had denied breaching Health and Safety rules in the incident but he was found guilty by a jury at the end of his three-week trial and ordered to pay his fine at £5 a week. 

Source: http://www.thisiswalsallonline.co.uk/news/Lifeguard-fined-163-200-man-drowned/article-1465790-detail/article.html

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