Male swimmer dies at the Swansea Triathlon

Male swimmer dies at the Swansea Triathlon: Athlete feared to have drowned during first section of gruelling endurance competition

  • The male athlete died while competing in the 750m swim in Swansea waterfront
  •  He lost consciousness while competing alongside hundreds of swimmers

An athlete is feared to have drowned earlier today, after losing consciousness while competing in the Swansea Triathlon.  

The male swimmer died while taking part in the 750m swim section of the gruelling endurance competition, event organisers confirmed. 

The athlete lost consciousness while competing alongside hundreds of other swimmers in today’s Swansea waterfront event.

The man, who has not been named, paid £79 to enter the day-long contest, which includes a 750metre swim, a 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Event organisers confirmed the athlete was pronounced dead after emergency services and members of the public tried to help him at the scene.

The swimmer lost consciousness while competing alongside hundreds of other swimmers in the Swansea waterfront event 

Triathlon organisers, Activity Wales Events, confirmed an athlete died in the swim section of the race

In a statement, triathlon organiser Activity Events Wales said: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of an athlete during the swim section of today’s Triathlon. Our most sincere condolences go out to the family.

‘We would like to thank the incredible efforts of the swim safety team, St John’s, Ambulance, the rapid response team, the police, volunteers and members of the public involved at the scene.’

Police attended the scene and a report is due to be compiled for the coroner.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We were called at approximately 09:15 to a medical emergency in Swansea.’ 

‘We sent a rapid response vehicle, an emergency ambulance, and the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.’ 

‘We were also supported by St John’s Ambulance. This is all the information we can provide at this time.’ 

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