Athlete dies during swimming stage of Swansea Triathlon

A Swansea Triathlon competitor died during the swimming section of the event on Sunday morning, organisers have said.

The unidentified athlete is believed to have got into trouble at least 40 minutes or so into a 750m course off the Prince of Wales Dock in the city centre.

Members of the public were said to have tried to help the individual as well as lifeguards, volunteer paramedics and emergency services.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched but the victim could not be resuscitated.

Athletes were released in waves from 8am to 8.30am and were expected to take between 1h15min and 2h30min to complete the whole event.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said it was called to the scene at 9.15am.

The swim had been the first stage of the race, which organisers say ‘can be entered by anyone who feels they are capable of competing’.

It was followed by a 20km bike course and a 5km run, which both went ahead as planned.

The company behind the event, Activity Wales Events, said in a statement: ‘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.’

South Wales Police, which attended the scene, declined to comment.

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