Investigation continuing after ‘Tough Mudder’ death

GLENGARY – The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 28-year-old Maryland man who had been competing in an endurance course in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Sgt. Ted Snyder says Avishek Sengupta was found Saturday in water at the “Walk the Plank” obstacle of a “Tough Mudder” endurance event at the National Peacemakers Training Center near Glengary.

He died Sunday after being taken off life support at a Northern Virginia hospital.

This photo from Saturday’ s T ough Mudder Mid-Atlantic in Glengary appeared on T ough Mudder ’ s Facebook page.

This photo from Saturday’s Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic in Glengary appeared on Tough Mudder’s Facebook page.

The Virginia medical examiner’s office in Manassas said an autopsy has been completed but a cause of death was not immediately available. Snyder said while an investigation is continuing, his initial finding is that the death was accidental.

Sengupta was an experienced climber who lived in Ellicott City, Md.

Twenty patients were treated at West Virginia University Hospitals-East in Martinsburg from injuries that occurred during the event, according to spokeswoman Teresa McCabe. She these injuries came out of an estimated 10,000 individuals who competed on the first day and 3,000 who competed on the second.

The injuries included two heart attacks, an electrocution and 15 other various injuries. “Today is the saddest day on record for PNTC,” stated a release from the Peacemaker National Training Center, the venue which hosted the event. “Our prayers are with Mr. Sengupda’s family and we offer our deepest sympathies for their loss.”

The Tough Mudder organization promised to thoroughly review the safety of its obstacles and offered sympathies to Sengupta’s family.

“At Tough Mudder, safety is our top priority. In conjunction with local authorities and independent consultants, we thoroughly inspect and test all obstacles prior to each event, and have fully trained medical staff on-site.”

– Bryan Clark, the AP

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