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Indian student, Sumedh Mannar drowns in US Crater lake in Oregon

Indian student Sumedh Mannar drowned in the Crater Lake in the US state of Oregon after he dove off the Jumping Rock, a recreation spot at the lake on Sunday.

His body was found 90 feet under, on rock ledge. He dove off the Jumping Rock at around 4;40 PM on Sunday and he did not resurface.

Sumedh Mannar aged 27 years, belonged to Vizag in Andhra Pradesh and he was pursuing MS in robotics from Oregon State University.

Marsha McCabe, a spokeswoman for Crater Lake National Park said: Mannar, a graduate student at the Oregon State University, had jumped from was about 25 feet high. The cliff was not a prohibited area for jumping”, she said, adding that officials have not yet determined exactly why he drowned. In the summers, the surface of the lake warms up to about 15 degrees Celsius, but the average temperature of the lake is around 3 degrees. Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island.

Soon after Mannar disappeared, people threw a life ring into the water and Crater Lake hospitality staff reached the area by taking a small boat to search for him. Park staff came to the place to help in search but the choppy waters and poor visibility conditions made it difficult to search.

They searched for three hours and called off the search for the night and resumed it Monday morning.

On Monday morning, divers dove in the last known spot where Mannar was seen and he was found 90 feet straight down in the water on a rock ledge. Beyond that point, lake drops off to the depth of greater than 1,200 feet. His body was transported to Klamath Falls.


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