WEST COVINA >> Authorities have released the identity of a 22-year-old Cal Poly Pomona graduate student who accidentally drowned while swimming with friends at a West Covina apartment complex on Sunday.
Shravan Kumar of West Covina died at a hospital Sunday afternoon shortly after he was pulled from the swimming pool in the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue by friends, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
An autopsy determined Kumar drowned, and his death was ruled accidental, Winter said.
The young man, who did not know how to swim, was wading with his friends in the shallow end but inadvertently ended up in the deep end of the pool, according to West Covina Fire Department Capt. Scott Gilmore.
The man’s friends also could not swim. They called for help and used a hook device to pull Kumar from the pool. He was believed to have been underwater for about 10 minutes.
Kumar’s friends, then responding police officers and ultimately paramedics, performed CPR on Kumar as he was rushed to a Covina hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead, officials said.
His formal identification was delayed as coroner’s officials worked to notify family in India, Winter said.
Kumar was a graduate student in his first quarter studying computer science at Cal Poly Pomona, university spokeswoman Emily Velasco said.
“The university was deeply saddened to learn of his passing and our condolences go out to his family,” she said.