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vapacersfan
10-28-2010, 12:23 AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Notre Dame student died Wednesday after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over.


Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was transported from the LaBar practice complex to a South Bend hospital, where he died.


"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan's family and friends," coach Brian Kelly said in a release. "Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor. He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him."


Authorities were investigating the incident. The hydraulic scissor lift, which can be lowered or raised depending on needs, stretched across a nearby street.


Winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time, according to the National Weather Service, and the team practiced indoors Tuesday because of the blustery conditions.


Notre Dame was making grief counselors available for students, and university president Rev. John Jenkins will preside over a special Mass in Sullivan's memory on Thursday.


"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," Jenkins said. "Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time.



The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family's grief."


The Fighting Irish, who host Tulsa this Saturday, canceled post-practice interviews after the accident.


"In the midst of a season where you are disappointed with the outcomes ... you can lose sight of what's most important. Sad day at practice," senior linebacker Brian Smith posted on his Twitter page. "I will never forget today."


http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5734494

ChicagoJ
10-28-2010, 01:14 AM
Okay, (a) I thought when we were up there for a swim meet that I saw a large number of permanent camera towers. Why use a scissor lift?

(b) due to today's high winds, streets were closed around the Sears Tower as there were a couple of loose windows reported. Why would they think a scissor lift less than 100 miles away and in the same weather pattern would be safe?

This screams "lawsuit". And for once, for a good reason.

DaveP63
10-28-2010, 07:57 AM
Stupid and senseless. What a tragic waste.

Kuq_e_Zi91
10-28-2010, 05:05 PM
A friend of mine from Notre Dame sent me this. It's the last tweets from the kid who died. I'd post the image, but it's NSFW.

http://i.imgur.com/gELo5.jpg

Bball
10-28-2010, 08:05 PM
Winds in the area were gusting to 51 mph at the time, according to the National Weather Service, and the team practiced indoors Tuesday because of the blustery conditions.

I'm confused.... If the team is practicing indoors why is he on a lift outdoors?

Stryder
10-28-2010, 09:09 PM
Why did he even get up there? Didn't he have a choice?

Basketball Fan
10-28-2010, 10:14 PM
Why did he even get up there? Didn't he have a choice?

He did it to cover the team for some school project... really senseless. Its horrifically windy in that part of the state when bad weather hits it wasn't that important for him to go up there like that.

I know ND will honor him on Saturday's game but its so tragic he should be at the game.

Bball
10-29-2010, 02:27 AM
Okay, (a) I thought when we were up there for a swim meet that I saw a large number of permanent camera towers. Why use a scissor lift?

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They said on the news that there were no permanent towers in the area where this lift/camera was but ND is now considering adding one.

Slick Pinkham
10-29-2010, 11:54 AM
I'm confused.... If the team is practicing indoors why is he on a lift outdoors?

indoors Tuesday,
outdoors Wednesday when this happened

Stryder
10-29-2010, 12:00 PM
Again, though, he took the time to tweet prior to his death, so why not get down when he recognized danger?

Notre Dame is responsible no doubt, but personal responsibility has to factor in somewhere...

DaveP63
10-29-2010, 07:34 PM
Agreed, to a point. I don't know who or what would have compelled him to stay up in what was clearly a dangerous situation. Not for minimum wage or college credits...

vapacersfan
10-30-2010, 03:16 AM
I get what you guys are saying, but we are talking about a impressionable college kid. I went to a small liberal arts college, and I saw friends get abused by the athletic department with crazy internships. Granted I also had a friend where it paid off big time, but most kids know someone is right behind them to take their spot.

So yeah, it would be great if he said “This is crazy. I need to get down because this is unsafe” but chances are he did not do this (and instead choose to tweet his frustration) because he wanted to keep his job.

Bottom line is these kinds of lifts, or any lifts for that matter, should not even be available to use in that kind of weather.

DaveP63
10-30-2010, 12:15 PM
Kinda what I'm thinking, also. Somebody really went elbow deep in the bad idea jar.

vapacersfan
10-30-2010, 06:39 PM
This could probably go in its own thread, but what a dick move by Tulsa and its band.

I get you just won a huge game, but really, you have to upstage the schools alma matte just three days after the school loses a member of its student body. You couldn't wait an extra 2 minutes to celebrate?

DaveP63
10-31-2010, 02:01 PM
Agreed. Glad it didn't incite problems.