Thursday, July 18, 2013

Death by swimming - Open water deaths happening again thissummer!

I hate drowning stories especially when the people who drowned were skilled or were suppose to know what they were doing.

Coroner: York County man drowned during Harrisburg triathlon Sunday:

The individual was declared to have died by way of a pre-existing medical condition. This could have been avoided if the athlete knew before hand via a thorough medical examination.

Next, the distance was short, less than a 1000-yards. That's barely a warm-up for most of us but a formidable swim for 50% of the triathletes doing that sport.

I did the Ironman in Kona a million-years-ago and I had to have a resume of accomplishments to be accepted into that race. I do not think it would be unreasonable for triathlon directors to expect and/or demand some swimming experience via Masters Swimming.
From The PA Patriot News:

... Reed was taken to a local hospital after he was pulled from the water around 7:30 a.m. Sunday and was later pronounced dead.

On Sunday, a representative from the coroner's office said it did not appear Reed had drowned, but that he had a pre-existing medical condition. When prompted about that today, a county spokeswoman said the coroner would not elaborate, citing medical privacy laws. ..." 


Anonymous said...

First one says he died on the bike segment. Still tragic but not drowning.

Tony Austin said...

Thanks for the catch, I put the wrong story - deleted it till I have time to find the right one