Tough Mudder Participant Dies in Virginia

Found submerged in water obstacle

Tough Mudder     Photo: glennharper/Flickr

Maryland resident Avishek Sengupta died Sunday at a Virginia hospital after participating in a Tough Mudder in West Virginia's Berkeley County on Saturday. The 28-year-old had to be removed from a deep pool at the “Walk the Plank” aquatic obstacle after being submerged for some time. He was treated on site by medics and staff and was reportedly revived at some point.

Sengupta is the first Tough Mudder participant to die in the event's three-year history. Tough Mudder’s CEO, Will Dean, released a statement Monday addressing the incident. “As organizers, we take our responsibility to provide a safe event to our participants very seriously,” said Dean. “Tough Mudder is devastated by this tragic accident.”

Sengupta was first taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg before being moved to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church. Ted Snyder of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, said he was informed of Sengupta’s death by the victim’s sister. “He was an active individual and kept himself in good shape,” Snyder of the victim. An autopsy is currently under way to determine the exact cause of death.

For more, read Tough Mudder's First Death In Context.

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