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21-year-old Sikh man dies in hospital after being airlifted out of lake

A Sikh man passed away on Sunday two days after being pulled from the water at Millerton Lake in California, YourCentralValley reports.

Harshpreet Singh, 21, was on a student visa in the U.S. He and his wife of a little less than two months were visiting Millerton Lake during his first day off, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his father-in-law Rocky Raquel Barredo to cover medical costs, including the airlift that took Singh to the hospital. Barredo wrote that media reports of the incident saying that Singh, who was not wearing a life jacket, jumped into the water without knowing how to swim are false.

“Even though the news said that he didn’t know how to swim he was a very good swimmer,” he wrote. “The lake was full and when he jumped into the water it swept him away he never came up once he jumped into the water.”

Lifeguards received a report that a drowning was occurring at Boat Ramp 3 on the Fresno County side of the lake at around 6 p.m. on Friday evening, according to The Statesman. They located Singh within a minute of arriving on scene and performed CPR until he regained a pulse, The Fresno Bee reports. He passed away after two days on life support.

“In the short time Harshpreet Singh was a loving son in law and an amazing husband,” Barredo wrote. The GoFundMe also hopes to raise enough money to send Singh’s body back to India.

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