Wooster Student Dies after Fall During Spring-Break Trip
Senior Rhishav Choudhury majored in philosophy, worked in the college’s libraries
WOOSTER, Ohio, — Rhishav Choudhury, a senior philosophy major at The College of Wooster and a resident of Guwahati, India, died Wednesday after falling while hiking with a group of students during a spring-break trip in Arizona's Coconino National Forest with the outdoor group WOODS.
Choudhury, 22, was one of 28 students in the group, which was hiking near West Clear Creek at about 6 p.m., when he became separated from a small group, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in Prescott, Ariz. His body was discovered in a remote rocky area by four students who called for help.
Emergency crews used a helicopter to land near where Choudbury had fallen but still had to negotiate a canyon and river in darkness. A paramedic reached him at about 8:30 p.m. and confirmed that his death was the result of the injuries sustained in the fall. The incident is under investigation but no foul play is suspected, officials said.
"It's heartbreaking," said Kurt Holmes, dean of students at Wooster. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man's friends and family. It's a terrible tragedy."
Greg Wiles, professor of geology, who was conducting research with a group of faculty and students in California, was dispatched to the scene by College administrators. Holmes and Ray Tucker, director of the Longbrake Student Wellness Center, arrived last night.
Wooster's Student Life staff gathered in Lowry Center last evening to meet with any students who wanted to speak with them. Announcements regarding campus services will be made at a later date.