Monday, July 21, 2008

Man dies during NYC triathlon swim

Taken from: WNBC-TV

News 4 New York has confirmed a man died during the Nautica New York City Triathlon, marking the first death in the event's eight-year history. He was 32.

The man was pulled unconscious from the Hudson River on a humid, muggy, trying day for swimmers competing in the event, reported The New York Times. It happened at about 8 a.m. Sunday.
The paper said that the man is not being identified because his family members live in Argentina and have not been notified. Event race director Bill Burke told the Times that rescuers pulled the man from the river about 75 percent of the way through the .93-mile swim event, which is the first of the triathlon's three portions and precedes a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.
"Other swimmers noticed the gentleman in the water and they were actually waving and signaling for the nearby jet boats to come assist them," Burke told the Times. "We did have life support on the boats that were monitoring the swim course. There's medical staff on those boats so if the guy had a situation in the water, he's getting the best medical care."
About 3,000 people compete in the amateur division of the triathlon, according to the Times, which said at least three other people have died in the swim portion of a triathlon since May.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Emma Say's: I was reading about the guy who drowned last year in Port Dickson before we left. Knowing I don't relish the swim re-reading the article from last year did nothing to calm me down. After an inspiring weekend for us here at home reading this article has brought me down to earth with a bump, especially as the guy is my age. My thoughts go out to the family and friends.

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