OSU Graduate Student Drowns After Diving Into Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK – (AP) Crater Lake officials on Tuesday identified the man who drowned there over the weekend as Sumedh Mannar, a graduate student at Oregon State University from India.

Divers recovered the 27-year-old’s body Monday.

The National Park Service says the Mannar jumped from a 25-foot cliff at Cleetwood Cove around 4:40 p.m. Sunday, and did not resurface.

Crater Lake National Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe says the cliff known as “Jumping Rock” is a popular recreation spot and was not a prohibited area for jumping.

She says officials have not yet determined exactly why the man drowned.

Reports say after poor conditions on Sunday delayed efforts, divers mobilized on Monday and located the man 90 feet below the surface on a rock ledge.

The lake drops off to 1,200 feet beyond that point.

During the summer, the surface of the lake warms up to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit but the average temperature of the lake is around 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island.

Image courtesy National Park Service

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