“Deeply saddened to confirm the death of a participant at IM 70.3 Staffordshire”

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The organization behind Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire – which took place today – confirmed the death of one of their participants. “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire”, the organization stated in a press release. “During the swim portion of the race, safety personnel were alerted to an athlete requiring immediate medical attention. The athlete was attended to by the on-site medical team before being transported to a nearby hospital, where the athlete sadly passed.”

“We share our greatest sympathy with the family and friends of the athlete and will continue to offer them our support as they go through this very difficult time. We thank the safety personnel and medical staff who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support”, the message concludes.

It’s only a few weeks ago, at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, that an athlete passed away due to a pulmonary embolism that was suffered during the swim part.