Northwestern University rower missing after falling overboard

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Authorities were searching a channel in a north Chicago suburb on Monday for a Northwestern University rower who fell overboard during morning practice, officials said.

The men's team was practicing in the North Shore Channel near the Northwestern campus when a rower fell into the water, Alan Cubbage, vice president for university relations, said in a statement.

12 PHOTOS
Northwestern University rower dies after falling into water
See Gallery
Northwestern University rower dies after falling into water
College rower dies after falling overboard https://t.co/oCv42eNbxS
Northwestern rower dies after falling into water during practice https://t.co/FY5RWtJH6A https://t.co/cmZ1HerjDp
A Northwestern rower has died after falling overboard during morning practice Monday. https://t.co/piA3ZA0x7V
Tragedy strikes Northwestern's crew team during practice when rower falls overboard https://t.co/K9goRDFAOW
#UPDATE: Rescue crews searching for missing Northwestern rower in suburban canal https://t.co/c9TTQCAYnV https://t.co/glKotyjlRR
5:32pm: crews still conducting body recovery efforts for missing member of Northwestern crew team who fell into cha… https://t.co/Rt3XiyvNf9
#BREAKING — A Northwestern student is missing after falling into the the North Shore Channel during crew practice.… https://t.co/p3WgtKBBIH
Northwestern rower missing after falling in Lincolnwood canal https://t.co/lWT7vKf16W https://t.co/drU2wHOjBJ
NORTHWESTERN ROWER MISSING IN CANAL: A member of Northwestern University's crew team fell off of his nine member... https://t.co/nGxxDJwXND
.@NorthwesternU officials identify missing student and crew team member as Mohammed Ramzan, 19. @cbschicago https://t.co/JSXoVXiEit
A university spokesperson says the coach went in the water to try and rescue the student. https://t.co/QlJAg0b9GS
Illinois State Police leading search, rescue efforts for missing NU men’s crew team member https://t.co/0r3jM8Wbim https://t.co/FInfuz8mbf
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

A coach was accompanying the rowers in a separate boat and another member of the team went into the water in an effort to rescue the rower, Cubbage said.

The rower was not wearing a life jacket, local NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV reported, citing Cubbage.

Crew is a club sport at Northwestern, a private university with about 21,000 students in Evanston, Illinois. The team was founded in 1981, according to the team's website.

(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Read Full Story