A 23-year-old man drowned at a bachelor party while trying to hold his breath underwater.
The New York Post reported that New Jersey-born Robert Zachary “Zack” Bunsa was celebrating with friends at Lake Sinclair, Georgia on Saturday when the incident occurred.
15 of the guests, including Bunsa and his brother, reportedly started playing a game to see who could hold their breath underwater the longest.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Capt. Brad King told The Post: “He was attempting to see how long he could hold his breath, and tragically, he drowned.
“I don’t know if it was the type of thing that was ongoing all afternoon or if it was a spur-of-the-moment type game.”
The rest of the men reportedly didn’t realise Bunsa hadn’t gotten out of the water, and thought he had gone back up to the house.
Cpl. Lynn Stanford told the Macon Telegraph that Bunsa was missing for over seven minutes before the group realised, and one of the men dove into the lake to find him.
He was pulled out of an area near the dock which was between five and 10 feet deep, according to Stanford, who added that visibility in the lake is about one foot.
The sheriff’s office and Georgia Department of Natural Resources were called at about 5.40 p.m., and a law enforcement office living nearby responded to the call.
He reportedly performed CPR for 10 to 15 minutes before EMS arrived.
A helicopter was called to the lake, but Bunsa was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.20 p.m.
Bunsa, described as “friendly” and “outgoing,” attended Koinonia Academy in Plainfield, where he played on the basketball team, according to NJ.com.
Trying to hold your breath for long periods of time underwater can cause swimmers to pass out — something called “hypoxic blackout” or “shallow water blackout” — and drown, according to The Centers for Disease Control.