Carmel Swim Club coach drowns in country club pool

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The Carmel Swim Club is mourning the loss of a part-time coach who drowned in a local swimming pool just before noon July 20.

Liang Haoxiang, known as Benny, was found unresponsive at the bottom of the pool at Woodland Country Club, 100 Woodland Lane. Country club employees tried to resuscitate him until the Carmel police and fire departments arrived on scene, but the lifesaving efforts proved futile.

Police said foul play is not suspected. A death investigation is underway.

Liang, 22, a native of Whitewater, Wisc., and former swimmer at Wabash College, had been a part-time swim coach with Carmel Swim Club since September 2019.

“It has been a difficult week grieving the loss of Benny Liang. Benny embodied courage, perseverance and team not only in his coaching, but in the way he lived,” stated CSC head coach Chris Plumb. “ It is with the deepest gratitude we remember his contributions to our lives and thank him for inspiring us all to live each day to the fullest.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Liang’s memory at gofundme.com/f/benny-liang, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.


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