RITTER - A seminarian from Tanzania drowned Tuesday at the Ritter Hot Springs, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency responders were dispatched about 12:30 p.m. to the remote resort, north of John Day and west of Highway 395.

Sheriff Glenn Palmer said Nicholaus Kiwango Marenga, 26, of Dar es Salaam, had been swimming with a group of people when he went under in the deepest portion of the resort's pool.

Marenga was underwater for less than a minute when another swimmer went to his aid, diving to the bottom of the pool to bring him to the surface. Swimmers pulled the man from the water.

Palmer said an ICU registered nurse from OHSU was on the scene and, aided by another young woman, began CPR.

A Long Creek ambulance arrived and the crew took over efforts to revive Marenga. He was transferred to an advanced life care ambulance from John Day, but was pronounced dead en route to Blue Mountain Hospital.

Palmer said Marenga, a student at the Mount Angel Seminary in the Willamette Valley, was visiting the hot springs with a friend.

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