A video has emerged of the moment a 20-year-old African-American man, J.W. Ransom II, plunged into a pond and drowned over a bet.
The incident occurred in the pond at the Cypress Lakes Apartment in Robinsonville, Tunica County, Mississippi on Saturday.
In the video shared on World Star HipHop, Ransom of Lambert, Mississippi can be seen with some friends who are goading him to take a plunge into the pond and swim across and back for $250.
One of the friends, whose face did not show in the video, can also be heard promising to come to his aid should he begin to drown.
He did not make it out alive.
Watch video below:
Ransom’s body was later recovered following an intense search of the pond by Tunica County Sheriff Deputies along with Pafford EMS and North Tunica Fire Department and Desoto County Search and Rescue Team.
He was pronounced dead by the coroner and his body was deposited at the Mississippi Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Reports quoting the victim’s family say he was due to graduate from high school next month.
The Tunica County Sheriff’s office declared that the incident remained under investigation.