A 32-year-old man from Chennai died from asphyxia due to drowning at the Wild Waves Theme Park in Washington on Monday. He had shifted to US only two weeks ago.
Vijayarengan Srinivasan was working as a programmer at Infosys in Belleuvue, Washington. According to Seattle Times, Srinivasan and his friend Kesava Duraipandia went to the theme park around 11am. They both stood “on the big rock platform” at the water park’s activity pool to jump from a height of 10-feet. Duraipandia told the police that Srinivasan had told him that he might use the nearby water slides.
After jumping from the big rock platform, Duraipandia could not find Srinivasan. So, Duraipandia went ahead to try the roller coaster ride as they had decided earlier. After 30-minutes, when the friend came back, he saw the lifeguards giving Srinivasan CPR but they could not save him.
A lifeguard jumped into the water thinking he saw a body but could not find it, according to the police report. The report also states that due to the murkiness of the water, the lifeguards were not able to find anything, according to Seattle Times.
Another lifeguard informed the police that some children had told him that they saw a body in the pool but he chose to ignore it thinking they are pranking him.
After 15 minutes, when a lifeguard jumped into the pool to find one guest’s glasses, he found Srinivasan’s body at the bottom, according to Time Magazine. However, police have not found any witnesses to the drowning.
According to the police report, Srinivasan was “unresponsive, not breathing, and had no pulse” when he was being given CPR. About 8500 people were present at the theme park on Monday.
Vijayarengan Srinivasan is survived by his wife and a three-year-old child in India.