Xavier University announced Sunday that former men’s soccer standout Derrick Otim died over the weekend in a swimming accident.
Otim, a native of Nottingham, England, was 24 years old. , according to a statement posted online on July. 5, 2020.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
— lCC NEWS (@lCCNEWS2) July 5, 2020
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
#SJUMSOC joins Xavier, the BIG EAST and the entire college soccer community in mourning the loss of Derrick Otim, a tremendous competitor and young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and teammates at this difficult time. https://t.co/p3KXnybeZX
— St. John’s Men’s Soccer (@StJohnsMSoccer) July 5, 2020
James Amon wrote
I know that lake in upstate South Carolina! It is know for drownings. It has very deep spots in it and they have very cold dense water, after swimming in the warmer water, you cramp up real fast when you hit a cold spot.
Jez Ouano wrote
So sad. If he was there because he was visiting friends for the holidays, where were his friends? Surely he wasn’t there all by himself at 5 o’clock.
Fred Crowley wrote
He probably could not swim everybody should learn how to swim just go to the local swimming pool or YMCA to swim class and learn how to swim you never know
Josh Stape wrote
This guy is a top athlete. Probably in a sport where conditioning is more important than any other sport. And the man drowns ? Seems odd..
Fred Crowley wrote
According to a 2008 study at the University of Memphis 53% of the people in the United States could do a little more than splash and dog paddle shallow end of a pool
Todd Yann wrote
Tragic! Be safe at the lake – swim only in designated swimming areas – and wear a personal flotation device