Injured Tough Mudder Diver Recovering

Officials still haven't released name

Tough Mudder's Walk the Plank event—where two medical emergencies have happened this year— has participants jump 15 feet into freezing water. (The 621st Contingency Response Wing/Flickr)
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The diver who became ill during a Mansfield, Ohio, Tough Mudder event on May 17 is doing well, the Mansfield News Journal reports. Spokesperson Ben Johnson said the diver is in recovery "thanks to the expert medical attention they've received."

Though no name has been released, the person is thought to be a man in his 50s. No specifics on the nature of the medical emergency have been released either. Tough Mudder participant Bret Buike, a former firefighter and EMT, told WKYC he helped pull the diver from the water after he noticed he was looking ill. Three participants who had medical experience helped perform CPR and removed the diver's wet suit before getting him transported to a hospital.

The incident happened during the Walk the Plank obstacle, which involves a 15-foot jump above water. That's the same obstacle where Avishek Sengupta drowned in April—he didn't resurface after jumping into the water and died a day after the race. Though the nature of these two incidents are very different, question remain on the safety of Tough Mudder's water obstacles.

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