College Crew Practice Turns Fatal in Chicago

Northwestern freshman drowns after falling overboard
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2017 8:09 PM CDT
Mohammed Ramzan, 19, died after falling overboard during Northwestern University crew practice Monday in Chicago.   (Instagram)

(Newser) – A member of Northwestern University's crew team drowned after falling overboard during practice Monday morning in Chicago, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The body of 19-year-old Mohammad Ramzan wasn't found until Monday night. According to ABC 7, there were eight other people in the boat when the freshman from Washington state fell overboard. Another rower and a coach dove in after Ramzan but were unsuccessful in rescuing him. The search for Ramzan was hampered by bad weather, murky water, and a strong current. On Instagram, the Northwestern crew team remembered Ramzan as one of the team's "most perseverant athletes and friendliest faces." It was the crew team's first serious incident since it was formed three decades ago. (Read more Northwestern University stories.)

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