21-year-old college swimmer drowns in Florida YMCA pool

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A trip to Florida ended tragically Christmas weekend when a young Nashville man and college swimmer died at a YMCA pool.

Tate Ramsden, 21, died Saturday, Dec. 26 in Sarasota, Florida, at the YMCA’s Selby Aquatic Center while visiting with his family.

Tate Ramsden
Tate Ramsden (Courtesy: Dartmouth College)

A graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy in Green Hills, Ramsden was a junior swimmer on scholarship at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, they received calls of a possible drowning with CPR in progress around 2 p.m. Saturday.

When deputies arrived, the fire department was on the scene trying to save Ramsden’s life.

Three lifeguards were also on duty at the time and authorities say they all “administered rescued efforts” before authorities got there.

Unfortunately, life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. The 21-year-old swimmer was pronounced dead at 2:13 p.m. An autopsy is being completed to determine the exact cause of death.

The Sarasota YMCA released the following statement:

Every year for the last seventy years, thousands have arrived at our YMCA and our expectations were that they would have a wonderful experience during their stay.

Unfortunately, there was an aquatic emergency Saturday at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA Branch Pool and a 21-year-old guest passed away after being extracted from the pool by our lifeguards.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family at this time. This event is nearly impossible to comprehend, and he and his family are in our hearts.

It is important for all to know that, as is our custom, we are immediately launching an investigation into the incident and are cooperating with all local authorities in their investigations.

Out of respect for the family, we ask that you honor their privacy at this difficult time. Again, I’m sure you join us in offering your prayers to this man and his family.

Tracy Spalsbury
Director of Marketing & Communications

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