Athlete dies during Ironman 70.3 Israel

While we were all enjoying a wonderful race and winners Patrick Lange and Ruth Astle, the worst-case scenario took place during Ironman Israel: an athlete died during the swim. The organization reports this on its Facebook page. Below is Ironman’s statement.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at Ironman 70.3 Tiberias, Sea of Galilee triathlon. During the swim portion of today’s race, safety personnel recognized the athlete in distress and provided 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 sympathies 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 first responders who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.”