A person remains in MedCentral Health System's Mansfield Hospital after a health-related incident at the 'Tough Mudder' Saturday.


MANSFIELD -- A rescue diver remains in critical condition at the MedCentral Health System's Mansfield Hospital after an incident at the 'Tough Mudder' at the Mansfield Airport Saturday.

Here's a statement released by Ben Johnson, Head of Communications at Tough Mudder:

"We can confirm that an incident occurred on-site at the Tough Mudder Ohio event on Saturday, May 17. The incident involved a diver retained for rescue services on-site, and did not involve any spectators or participants. The individual was transported to hospital where they are receiving on-going treatment. Safety remains our top priority, and we will provide additional details if made available."

Bret Buike, a former firefighter/EMT and Tough Mudder participant, says he noticed the diver looking ill at the Walk the Plank obstacle.

Buike then notified a nearby lifeguard and jumped into the water to help pull the diver to safety.

"As soon as we saw that he was unresponsive, everybody kind of sprung into action and I jumped in the water and helped push him over to the side along with a couple other lifeguards, there's about three of them there, and right away we started CPR, got his wet suit off...we were lucky that there was a physician who was a spectator and two emergency room doctors who were participants," Buike explained.

"Between the participants and the Tough Mudder staff, I would say he was pretty lucky."

The Walk the Plank obstacle is where participants jump off a a plank 15 feet above water.

The Tough Mudder is a 10- to 12-mile military obstacle course that is set up in different locations throughout the U.S. by Brooklyn, New York-based Tough Mudder. They have been doing this since 2010.

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This came 11 days after a Maryland woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against organizers of a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia.

In April 2013, 28-year-old Avishek Sengupta, of Ellicott City, Maryland, died a day after he was pulled from the water pit of the Walk the Plank obstacle. Sengupta's death was the first for the Tough Mudder company.

Tough Mudder took place last year in Mansfield without incident. Nearly 9,000 people are expected to participate during this year's weekend-long event.

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