JUST IN | Two Ironman competitors die
Two competitors died following the Ironman African Championship swim leg at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth on Sunday morning.
Officials on the scene said that it appeared one person had a heart attack and the other appears to have had convulsions during the swim.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu confirmed the deaths.
“I can confirm that two racers have passed away at the hospital,” she said.
The two competitors, men aged 62 and 57, were from George and Durban.
The next-of-kin have not yet been informed, according to police.
We are deeply saddened by the news of the two Standard Bank Ironman competitors who lost their lives during the swimming leg of the competition at Hobie Beach in PE this morning. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. #SBIronman @IMSouthAfrica.— Standard Bank SA (@StandardBankZA) April 7, 2019
Ironman SA spokesperson Siya Ndzimande said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of two race participants at the Ironman African Championship.
“Both athletes required medical attention during the swim portion of Sunday’s race and were transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated.
“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of both athletes, whom we will continue to support. We are working with the local authorities to gather all details and will continue to do everything possible to provide a safe environment for our athletes.”
Ndzimande said they had no further comment at this time.
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