Ohio State moves to end annual lake jump after student dies

OSU moves to stop lake jump after a student died.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Ohio State University have identified the student who died after being rescued from Mirror Lake early Wednesday morning.

According to OSU officials, the student was identified as Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, Ohio.

Now officials with the Ohio State University say they are working on stopping the tradition of jumping into Mirror Lake.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday during the annual jump into Mirror Lake before Ohio State plays Michigan on Saturday.

According to Vernon Baisden, OSU’s Director of Public Safety, Singletary was pulled from the water and taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. Singletary was later pronounced dead.

In a released statement, officials with OSU said they are working on stopping the tradition of the student jump into Mirror Lake the week the football team plays Michigan.

Read the university’s full statement:

In spite of significant efforts taken to make this event a safer one, this tragedy has occurred. We must come together and acknowledge that while this is a student-led tradition that has been passed down through the years, we cannot risk another tragedy. University leadership strongly agrees that we will work with our campus community to end this annual event.

According to OSU President Michael Drake, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend, for any students who need it.

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