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Tough Mudder organization experiences another setback

Tough Mudder Rescue Diver's Heart Stops

Tough Mudder races are known for being brutal, but what happens when someone hired to keep people safe gets hurt?

A rescue diver working the event in Mansfield, Ohio, was hospitalized this week. His heart stopped during the race while he was stationed in the water at an obstacle.

ABC News has more detail:

The diver, whose name has not been released, was stationed in the water at the Walk-the-Plank obstacle in Mansfield, Ohio, where racers are required to jump off a 15-foot platform into cold, muddy water, according to Tough Mudder spokesman Ben Johnson. Johnson could not confirm details of what happened to the diver, but race participant Bret Buike said he was the one to notice the diver and helped save his life.

Fortunately, a former firefighter acted quickly.

One firefighter on the scene told WKYP, "I saw he was unresponsive. Everybody sprung into action and I jumped in the water and helped push him over to the side and pull him out along with a couple other lifeguards. Then right away we started CPR and got his wet suit off."

More than 9,000 people took part in the race, which includes 12 miles of military obstacles. Participants are required to sign a waiver before each race acknowledging the risk of injury.

Last year, a Maryland man died during a Tough Mudder in West Virginia and so many others were injured that the local hospital had to turn people away from the emergency room because it was too crowded.

And more recently, the event garnered attention after more than 20 people became sick because they inadvertently consumed water during the race that had been contaminated with animal feces.

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Jessica C. May 22 2014 at 8:34 AM

I dont understand what peoples' problems are?? you sign a waiver acknowledging possible injury and that the organization is NOT responsible, and HEY guess what, the races are done outside..omg...what a concept that there might in fact be animal crap waiting there as well...how about, and this may be difficult for some, but keeping your mouth closed while you're treading through water and mud???just a thought...These races are awesome and although the unfortunate has happened to someone who died, and apparently help was slow to get there, but again, YOU take the risk to participate, no one has forced anyone to get dirty, jump, etc...stop blaming the organizations, this is why others suffer the loss of never participating, the organizations decide to quit holding events due to people complaining and thats not right. own up to you being the dope who decided to do something that can be a bit dangerous...

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thedanemom Jessica C. May 22 2014 at 1:00 PM

The problem is that when this race overwhelms the resources in the area it is being held, that affects others who didn't sign up for this. As a person mentioned earlier, this race in West Virginia completely swamped the local emergency room. What if your mother had died because she didn't get the care she needed in a timely manner, due to Tough Mudders clogging up the ER because of this nonsense ? You live your life anyway you want to, but don't interfere with mine

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kc7iup thedanemom May 22 2014 at 2:01 PM

Event promoters must have permits and at least in the western states where I provide Event E.M.S. all local hospitals must be informed. If they do not get ready for the event it is not the providers issue.

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winds001 thedanemom May 23 2014 at 8:17 AM

You must expect others to interfere with your life. If you think that you can go along and not have any life impact from others, you are setting yourself up for frustration. A wiser attitude is to expect choices of others to impact or inconvenience you and plan ahead to minimize your frustration or anger. Otherwise, you will continually be unhappy or angry.

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lukasiwicz May 22 2014 at 1:28 PM

In my not so humble opinion, folks who elect to submit themselves to this kind of ill-considered activity pretty much deserve whatever they get that they maybe hadn't counted on, including life-altering injuries and/or death.

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Jillian May 22 2014 at 9:50 AM

I competed in this particular Tough Mudder and I can say it was very well staffed and the medical teams were quick to respond to all injuries. You sign a "death waiver" and know what you are getting into. Clearly there is a risk involved in a race like this, but I wouldn't hesitate to run another one. Thanks to all the first responders for making this race possible.

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David Kish May 22 2014 at 12:50 PM

That's why it's called "TOUGH" Mudder!

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magus47 May 22 2014 at 12:20 PM

If we removed all the dangers from this event (that these folks do on their own free will) it becomes bad mitten.

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Fred May 22 2014 at 8:57 AM

If a person dies while racing a car or playing sports(no matter what the sport,whether we like that particular sport or not)if its what he/she LOVED to do who are we to judge, they did what they did and it makes them who they are,so with that being said "whats the problem"

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mandingo3 Fred May 22 2014 at 11:53 AM

Mudders,races,competitions are not for everyone but we can all get affected if a large number of people get injured in those races and end up clogging ER like the case in West Virginia where the local hospital had to turn away some of the competitors because they could not handle such a large number.This could also prevent more seriously ill people from getting the emergency care they need.
the objective of the races is not to get injured so yes it is news worthy.

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NoShark May 22 2014 at 12:03 PM

The event itself may have questionable practices, but this simply stems from the inception, with the choice of this name. Featured on the front covers of various national magazines, and quoted incessantly, it is another sign of the decay of society. Tough mudder is derived from tough mother, which itself is derived from the vulgarity tough mother ******...and in itself it is an insult and unacceptable.

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donswiatek May 22 2014 at 8:53 AM

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chuck May 22 2014 at 4:09 PM

libs dont want you to try your best. you have to be AVERAGE nothing better. others have died doing these same kind of games and nothing was said then. but the libs want you to stop trying.

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dfoster May 22 2014 at 4:49 PM

Everybody dies sometimes, even while sleeping. Just because someone has a heart attack, you can't blame the owner/operator of the property where they were standing. We take risks, sometimes we lose (like when we choose to get up from bed, drive a car, etc.)

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