Teen Dies After Playing Popular Underwater Pool Game

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Sam Goodenough and his friends were trying to see who could hold their breath under water the longest, but the popular swimming pool game ended in tragedy when the 16-year-old died on January 4, reports the New Zealand Herald.

During the common game, the New Zealand teen's friends surfaced, but Sam did not. The longer he stayed under water, the more concerned his friends became. As it turned out, Sam had actually blacked out in the pool.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and Sam was taken to a local hospital. He was on life support for five days before passing away last week. Sam's father called the death a "tragic incident."

"It was just a silly game they were playing in the pool of holding their breath. Of course the other kids in the pool thought, 'Well, he can hold his breath for a long time,'" he said, adding, "It was just a freaky accident. It really rocks your world, I tell you."

According to the Red Cross, how long you can safely hold your breath under water depends on several factors, including age, body mass and overall health. When your body uses up most of its oxygen, it's easy to pass out.

Sam was reportedly 6 feet 6 inches tall and played the game in 4 feet of water, which reminds us that accidents can happen to anyone at any time. For a list of water safety tips, visit RedCross.org.

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