TRAGIC news dominated the Challenge Peguera-Mallorca triathlon, with the death of a 45-year-old British man.
The incident occurred about 600 meters from the shore of La Torà beach around 10am on Saturday October 19. Lifeguards brought the man back to the beach, treating him until medics from the 061 emergency ambulance service arrived. Paramedics fought for over an hour to revive the man, who had reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest during the swimming leg of the half triathlon.
The competition’s organisers released a statement, extending their condolences “to all the family and people close to the athlete, whom we will continue to support”. Their message continued by saying that they were working closely with security forces and local authorities to gather all the details about what happened.
The triathlon tests continued, however out of respect for the family, all celebratory events were suspended. A full investigation is now underway and a post mortem will confirm the exact cause of death.