Tough Mudder organization experiences another setback

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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.

Tough Mudder organization experiences another setback
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors crawl in mud to avoid being electrocuted by dangling electric wires while challenging in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors challenge in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors crawl in mud to avoid being electrocuted by dangling electric wires while challenging in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors challenge in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors crawl in mud to avoid being electrocuted by dangling electric wires while challenging in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors crawl in a cage filled with muddy water while challenging in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Competitors challenge in Tough Mudder endurance race in Henley-on-Thames, England on 27 April, 2014. Competitors run a 19km course, designed by British Special Forces to test competitors' strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie with mud and obstacles that play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 23, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 23, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 23, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 23, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: A competitor wipes mud from his eyes during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: A competitor falls into muddy water during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: A competitor climbs up a rope net during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: A competitor falls into muddy water during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Mud drips off a competitor's face during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 22, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
SENECA, IL - MAY 18: Competitors walk/climb 'Everest' and then jump into the muddy waters during a Tough Mudder event held at the Seneca Hunt Club on May 18, 2013. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
SENECA, IL - MAY 18: Competitors go through the 'Electric Eel,' where dangling wires give off electronic shocks during a Tough Mudder event held at the Seneca Hunt Club on May 18, 2013. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 18: A participant during the Tough Mudder endurance challenge at Cholmondeley Castle on November 18, 2012 in Malpas, United Kingdom. The 10-12 mile obstacle endurance course will this year be raising funds for Help for Heroes. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
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