EUGENE, Ore. -- A 21-year-old University of Oregon student from California drowned in Summit Lake Monday afternoon after being separated from her friends, Oregon State Police said.
Charlene Ho, 21, of San Francisco, Calif., went to visit Summit Lake with two friends from the Eugene area on Monday. Her two friends swam from the shore to a nearby island. Ho, who reportedly didn't know how to swim, was last seen standing along the shoreline.
The women told OSP officials that when they returned to the shore they found Ho in the water, face down. The women did not say how deep the water was where she was found.
The friends reported that they pulled Charlene from the water before performing CPR. People nearby heard the two women screaming and helped to try and resuscitate Ho.
At around 5 p.m. an Air Link helicopter ambulance was sent out to the lake to take Ho to the hospital. Witnesses on-scene said that Ho was taken to the air-ambulance's landing location by canoe.
OSP detectives are continuing the investigation into how Charlene Ho drowned.
Charlene Ho worked for the University of Oregon Alumni Association. Below is a statement from the UOAA.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Carlene’s family; we are shocked and saddened at the loss of this amazing student. She was a brilliant, creative force and a wonderful person. We will miss her dearly.
Officials from the UO Student Affairs office told KVAL that they have reached out to the Ho family, and are providing support for friends and classmates who are grieving.