NORTH FALMOUTH — The latches on the entry gates to the outdoor pool at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel were in place on June 29, as required under the Board of Health’s recently approved regulations, but those mechanisms didn’t hold when the gates were given a good push.

State health inspectors checked the pool at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel on July 2, which is standard procedure following a drowning or near drowning incident.

On June 29, a 7-year-old boy visiting from Ireland was found unconscious on the bottom of the Sea Crest’s outdoor pool by an adult swimmer.

The issue with the latches was cited in the state health inspector’s report, although the child did not sneak into the pool area by himself.

Jonah Maguire was being watched by the grandmother of another child, who was playing in the shallow end of the pool.

Jonah was taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital, where he recovered and was discharged on July 3, according to a Facebook post by his father, Peter Maguire.

The Falmouth Board of Health promulgated some new regulations last winter, following the drowning of a child last summer at a campground pool.

Listen to the latest episode of CCTLive

One requirement was that gates to pool areas be latched so young children couldn’t get into those areas unaccompanied.

Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann said Sea Crest Beach was using staff members to monitor gate areas.

“They lock the gates at the end of the night, but they’re open when the staff members are there,” said McGann, who said Sea Crest will be required to address the deficiency.

A line of floats that separate the deep end from the shallow end of the pool was not in place on the day of the incident, state inspectors noted.

The local health department also noted that deficiency.

On Friday, the hotel's corporate owner, Delaware North, issued the following statement: “We want to thank our associates and guests who acted to assist during the unfortunate accident, and we are all thankful the boy was saved. The safety of our guests at Sea Crest Beach Hotel is our highest priority. We have installed a boundary rope float and all gate latches are working properly. In addition, since the pool opened this spring we have had gate attendants on duty at the pool entrances as required by the town.”

The rope on the ring buoy, in the pool area for use in a rescue, had also been tangled, the state report said.

Levels of pH, alkalinity and combined chlorine in the pool were checked and met standards. The water clarity was also good.

Other deficiencies the state inspectors found, but which were not related to the near drowning, included a lack of safety equipment in the filter room for handling pool chemicals; inadequate water turnover rate in the pool; failure to test the water the required four-times-per-day minimum; and allowing the pool to be open when free chlorine exceeded the 3.0 parts per million maximum.

Pool water must be circulated every eight hours, and Sea Crest was falling slightly short of that state requirement, McGann said. While the hotel management has been told to rectify that, McGann added, “it didn’t affect water clarity.”

The health agent updated the Board of Health on the state and local inspection results at a July 9 meeting and board members were satisfied with corrective measures that would be taken, the health agent said.

— Follow Christine Legere on Twitter: @ChrisLegereCCT.