Ohio State Soccer Player Drowns at Ohio Lake
Over the weekend, a soccer player from Ohio State University drowned while swimming in a lake with his teammates.
Details of the Fatal Drowning
According to Reuters, the victim, 19-year-old Fikayo Idowu, was a defender on the men’s soccer team at Ohio State.
Idowu and his teammates were swimming in a lake that was located 40 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio when he drowned. The incident remains under investigation.
Idowu had played with the Ohio State soccer team since 2014, according to the university athletics website. He was a Madison, Mississippi, native, and he was majoring in health and rehabilitation sciences while planning to attend medical school. He also was a two-time Ohio State scholar-athlete award winner.
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.
- An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.
- For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
- Even nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
- Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2014, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, one-third died from drowning.