A star NCAA wrestler died Thursday following a tragic boating accident during a family vacation in Mexico, according to a report.
Bradlee LaMontagne, 21, was on his uncle’s yacht near Cozumel when he jumped into the water to go for a swim — and was struck by another boat going by at a high speed, reports WAVY.com.
Passengers on the boat attempted to administer CPR, but it was too late, his family told the station.
LaMontagne was captain of the wrestling team at Johns Hopkins University, and was remembered by the coaching staff as a true leader.
“He came to Hopkins because he wanted to change the world and he made a difference to every one of his teammates, to the community of Hopkins,” Head Coach Keith Norris said.
“His energy, his smile was contagious.”
Family members said LaMontagne was kind and worked hard to make the world a better place.
“He wanted to do his part. Improve his family, improve the world in any way he could,” his uncle, Mike Hillier told WAVY.com.
“He made everybody feel special, it didn’t matter who you were, he’d make you feel special,” LaMontagne’s mom, Lindsey Hillier, said.
Following his death, Great Neck Wrestling Club created a scholarship in LaMontagne’s memory that allows other local wrestlers to make an impact.
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