Sumedh Mannar, 27, drowned Sunday afternoon after a jump from a rocky cliff at Cleetwood Cove into Crater Lake. Mannar was an OSU graduate student studying robotics.
According to Crater Lake National Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe, Manner was from India. McCabe said the cliff was about 25 feet high, and is popularly referred to as “Jumping Rock.” She also stated that jumping is not prohibited at the location. At press time, officials had not yet determined what led to Mannar’s drowning. Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove, where Mannar drowned, and along the shore of Wizard Island.
The Oregonian reports that Immediately after Mannar failed to resurface, people on scene threw a life ring into the water. Crater Lake staff then searched the area by boat. A dive team assembled, but it was already dark, and after about three hours of searching and no sign of Mannar, officials called off the search for the night.
Divers resumed searching on Monday morning, ultimately discovering Mannar’s body about 90 below the surface on an underwater rock ledge. Just beyond that point, the lake drops off to a depth of over 1,200 feet. Mannar’s body was transported to Klamath Falls.
– By Andy Thompson