The athlete died during an annual swim at 1,500 meters in the Harbor of Hong Kong. The man was pulled from the water and taken to hospital, but to save him failed. The description of the deceased was about forty years old.
Elderly woman – another member of the swim was also pulled from the water unconscious. At the moment she is in intensive care.
According to TASS, the outrage of local media cried a small number of rescuers at the event. The number of participants in the swim from last year has increased from 500 to 3000. Rescuers were 120 people – ten more than last year.
Swimmers were divided into several groups depending on the participants. Both victims were floating among the least conditioned athletes.
This is the first case of death of a participant in the Hong Kong race. Competitions are held regularly since 2011. Before this race is not organized within 30 years due to the high level of water pollution in the Harbor.
We will add that among women the victory went to Olympic champion 2016 in open water swimming the Dutchwoman Sharon van Rouwendaal.