(Mine La Motte) Missouri’s attorney general is praising the Missouri Court of Appeals for upholding a southeast Missouri judge’s ruling that closes an old quarry mine in Madison County turned swimming hole that’s been the site of at least nine deaths.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the court’s decision on The Offsets will likely save lives.

He says The Offsets in Mine La Motte also offered swimming and scuba diving.

Schmitt praises the circuit judge’s ruling.

The nine victims died from drowning or falling off the 40-foot bluffs and the attorney general says many others have been injured at The Offsets.

The Court of Appeals’ decision means the facility in Mine La Motte will remain closed until numerous safety measures are implemented.

That includes placing a lifeguard in a boat to be available to rescue swimmers.