Ohio State Mirror Lake jump
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The man who died in an Ohio State University's Mirror Lake incident early Wednesday has been identified, according to the president of OSU.
The victim was identified as Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, Ohio.
Ohio State University officials said Singletary was pulled from the lake by medical personnel just after midnight.
According to our ABC affiliate in Columbus, Singletary was in cardiac arrest when he was rescued.
Emergency crews transported him to Wexner Medical Center for treatment where he was later pronounced dead.
Unfortunately, after several hours of medical care, the young man removed from Mirror Lake this a.m. has passed away from his injuries (1/3)— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 25, 2015
Unfortunately, after several hours of medical care, the young man removed from Mirror Lake this a.m. has passed away from his injuries (1/3)
Before authorities were able to properly identify Singletary, he was described as being an African American of medium build with tattoos on his left upper chest and right upper arm.
Temperatures in Columbus were in the 30s overnight as hundreds of students took part in the tradition of jumping in the lake.
The event is not sponsored by the school and administrators even discourage students from taking part.
Mirror Lake is not intended for swimming. Jumping into frigid water is not advisable: https://t.co/x97XmBhhEd— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 24, 2015
Mirror Lake is not intended for swimming. Jumping into frigid water is not advisable: https://t.co/x97XmBhhEd
A note on the university's department of public safety website reads:
Alcohol increases the chances of hypothermia in cold temperatures and jumping in Mirror Lake is not advised, nor encouraged in any way.
Fences were installed around the lake to limit the area to students only. Students also had to be wearing a wristband to gain access.