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West Virginia Tough Mudder death prompts lawsuit

Tuesday - 5/6/2014, 4:38pm  ET

JOHN RABY
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Maryland woman whose son drowned last year along an obstacle course in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the organizers of Tough Mudder's Mid-Atlantic event.

The lawsuit filed by Mita Sengupta against Tough Mudder LLC seeks unspecified damages.

Avishek Sengupta of Ellicott City, Md., died a day after being pulled from the water pit at the "Walk the Plank" obstacle in Glengary. A medical examiner ruled the 28-year-old drowned.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims a diver took several minutes to get to Sengupta after he became submerged.

Other defendants include a group that oversees Tough Mudder water rescue operations. A group official declined comment Tuesday.

The Journal of Martinsburg first reported the lawsuit, which was filed April 18 in Marshall County Circuit Court.


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