NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, August 21, 2019: A 27-year-old Indian graduate student of Oregon State University has drowned after jumping off a cliff into the Crater Lake in Oregon Sunday, according to media reports.
Crater Lake National Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe told the Oregonian that the cliff that Sumedh Mannar had jumped off was about 25 feet (7 meters) high.
The cliff, known as “Jumping Rock,” is a popular recreation spot, and it is not prohibited to jump off it, she said.
Soon after Mannar disappeared, people present at the spot threw a life ring into the water, and Crater Lake hospitality staff took a small boat out to the area to help search, McCabe said.
The park staff also rushed to the area, but choppy waters and poor visibility made the search difficult, she said. Officials called off the search after about three hours on Sunday.
On Monday, divers who resumed the search, found Mannar’s body down in the lake on a rock ledge.
Mannar pursued an MS in Robotics at OSU after graduating from NIT Warangal in India. He was on track to complete his MS by spring 2020, said a Facebook post by the Indian Students Association at OSU.
“A memorial service will be held on Thursday from 2:30-3:30pm at Rogers Hall room 226 to honor, remember, and celebrate the life of Sumedh, a passionate member of the community who was loved by many,” the post added.