21-year-old Dartmouth swimmer Tate Ramsden passed away over the weekend in a drowning incident at the YMCA pool in Sarasota, Florida.
Ramsden was on vacation with his family in Sarasota and was training in the outdoor pool at the Selby Aquatic Center on Saturday when he “suddenly started to struggle and drowned,” according to the local Fox affiliate.
Ramsden was a junior at Dartmouth, and originally hailed from Tennessee, where he was a captain of the Montgomery Bell High School swim team. Ramsden was part of the 4×100 free relay at Montgomery Bell that won four consecutive Tennessee state titles.
He also competed for the Nashville Aquatic Club.
Fox13 reports that Ramsden was about 4000 yards into his workout when the incident occurred. Investigators said Ramsden started working on an underwater set and may have been attempting 100 yards entirely underwater when he drowned.
His sister noticed that Ramsden wasn’t moving and alerted the pool’s lifeguards.
Fox13 still reports that the cause of the drowning is officially unexplained. An autopsy should shed more light on what went wrong to cause the 21-year-old’s death.
You can read more about the incident here, on the site of the local CBS station. Ramsden’s family will be holding a memorial service next weekend in Nashville.
Update: The Sarasota YMCA has released a statement on the incident. That statement is below:
Every year for the last seventy years, thousands have arrived at our YMCA and our expectations were that they would have a wonderful experience during their stay.
Unfortunately, there was an aquatic emergency Saturday at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA Branch Pool and a 21-year-old guest passed away after being extracted from the pool by our lifeguards.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family at this time. This event is nearly impossible to comprehend, and he and his family are in our hearts.
It is important for all to know that, as is our custom, we are immediately launching an investigation into the incident and are cooperating with all local authorities in their investigations.
Out of respect for the family, we ask that you honor their privacy at this difficult time. Again, I’m sure you join us in offering your prayers to this man and his family.