Indian American Infosys employee pulled from Lake Washington passes away

Manikkalal Subramaniam
Manikkalal Subramaniam; image via Facebook

Manikkalal Subramaniam, who was from Kerala, India, had gone to watch the Blue Angles Show with his family.

(This post was updated on August 7, 2019, at 9 pm.)

Manikkalal Subramaniam, an Indian American Infosys employee who was on life support after he was pulled from Lake Washington, died on Wednesday afternoon, the American Bazaar has learned.

The Kerala-born tech professional had a heart attack while watching the US Navy Blue Angle Show and drowned in Lake Washington, near Seattle. He was pulled from the waters unconscious after his 7-year-old son reported that his dad was missing.

Subramaniam is survived by his son and wife, who is pregnant.

Arrangements are being made to fly his body for cremation in Kerala.

Read the previous version of the story:

Manikkalal Subramaniam had gone to enjoy the US Navy Blue Angle Show on Lake Washington, along with his wife and son, over the weekend. The event, which features a fleet of US Navy planes speeding and maneuvering through the sky, attracts many visitors each year.

Subramaniam and his 7-year-old son were swimming in the lake, as they enjoyed the evening out. Though both father and son were swimming on the shallow end of the lake on Sunday, suddenly bystanders noticed Subramaniam’s son screaming for his dad who was nowhere to be seen.

However, it may have been a bit too late because by the time he was found he had already spent more than 10 minutes unconscious underwater. When he was pulled from the lake, there was no heart and it was revived through cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Subramaniam was rushed to the hospital and is currently at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, Washington. He remains in a critical state. According to social media messages posted by a friend, the doctors have not much hope.

The family is undergoing tough times as his wife, Asha, is eight-weeks pregnant, and, according to friends is undergoing an emotional trauma. She fainted upon hearing the condition of her husband and was shifted to the emergency unit of the hospital.

Subramaniam works as a technology architect at the Indian information technology giant Infosys. In Washington, he is working on a Boeing project.

The family originally hails from Kayamkulam, a town in the Alappuzha district of Kerala. His mom lives alone in Kerala and at this time of crisis the family does not have immediate relatives here in the United States.

Lake Washington is a freshwater lake near Seattle.


  1. You are an idiot. How can you from a dirty nasty country come into the U.S.A. with a fake degree tell an American that if they don’t like the laws of our country they should leave (dud)!

  2. senthil pillai

    Manik is my Brother in law I don’t have any words to say I miss u mone

    • I am so sorry for your loss, I was there when they pulled him out of water. I tried to help as well (i am former lifeguard) but it was too late sadly.

  3. Mohammad Iliyas

    Me and manik joined Infosys at the same day. After a month i found him as my closest neighbor.
    He helped me alot to settle down in Mysore.. he was very kind human being. May his soul rest in peace..!
    We will always miss you my dear friend. God bless of your family.

  4. Praying for God’s mercy on this family.

  5. Remember him as a small boy,in our junior batch,at school…May the family be blessed with the strength to bear the loss…

  6. Shridhara V N

    Best human being I have seen working along with him in GSMC Mysore… unbelievable… RIP

  7. I was devastated when I saw it on my own eyes, the officers tried their best. They were giving him CPR and AED, I saw his whole body just not the face because the officers were around him. The first responders were trying so hard to get his breath a
    Me and and my two boys were on the same place watching and everybody was praying May he survive.
    The man who pulled him out of water gave him mouth to mouth breath too, but seems it was too late. Every person on mercer island was praying for his life and some way I was too. I was waiting for one of my friend when came and reached they stated crying and then I came to know that manik is their neighbour. I don’t have word’s my prayers to his wife and son … May God give you the power to heal.

  8. Prince Raj

    May the Almighty gives all strength to his family to withstand this tragic moment.

  9. Srini Tatikonda

    We are missing you my friend :(

  10. Our classmate from school. Manisikkapa we will miss you dearly.

  11. Manikkalal was a student in my home tuition class while he was in St.John’s School, Kayamkulam, Alappuzha, Kerala. He was a very good boy who was intelligent, smart and punctual. I am upset hearing the shocking news.

  12. My brother. I lost him. We played together and everything together. I will miss him in all my life

  13. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Manik. He will be truly missed and I will include him in my prayers

  14. Yeah, great at stealing a job from an American

    • Please don’t send such negativity like this. The laws of the USA allow for technical workers to be employed in our country. If you don’t like these laws you are free to work with our government to get the laws changed. Putting negative comments out here like this does nothing but reflect poorly upon you and upon other people from the USA. If you don’t like the laws of the USA you are free to leave or work to change them. This man was a good man and was not stealing anything. Please show some respect.

      • US Tech. Workers

        There are no laws to allow low skilled Indians to come into the US on so called Technology Visas. The real laws have been bypassed and scammed. This many like almost all of the guest workers from India into the US are allowed to hire the people around them and they do not hire many US citizens . Indians are horribly discriminatory. THINK OF THE US CITIZENS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS, THEIR HOMES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR HEALTHCARE AND MANY OF WHOM PASS AWAY EARLY. I Have no sympathy for this drowning victim or his family and friends, of which there were no non-Indians. sorry

    • You will face hellfire for your uncalled hatred during this time of tragedy. May you find peace in Jesus I pray

    • are you bastard/

  15. Manik was a God father to his son and loving husband to his wife and indeed very big loss to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

  16. Mahesh Kumar Gundala

    Was in to his leadership for 2 yrs. He is a great human being and kind supportive, missing such a pleasant mentor. May God support his family and gives strengthen. RIP Sir… :(

  17. Manik was a Good Mentor, Good Friend and good human being,
    Really v sad time.
    May his soul rest in peace !!!

  18. I worked with Manik in Wipro 8 years back. Very good person. Very sad to hear the news. Unable to digest it that he is no more. Concerned about his wife who is now pregnant. Time is the healer

  19. Senthil Kumar

    Manik was a good mentor for me.
    I worked under his supervision in GSMC, Mysore.

    Such a nice person. May his soul rest in peace!

  20. I worked with Manik the past couple of years and spoke with him just a few weeks ago. He was a great man.

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