One man died during his swim portion of the New York City Nautica Triathlon and another is in critical condition. New York City police said 64-year-old Michael Kudryk of Freehold, N.J., was pulled out of the Hudson River unconscious near 79th Street at 7:45 a.m. Sunday and was believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“We are deeply saddened to report the death,” said a statement from Race Director Bill Burke.
A 40-year-old female athlete also suffered a medical problem during the swim event, but Burke’s statement failed to specify the nature of the trouble. She was also treated by on-site medical staff and was also sent to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was in critical condition Sunday night. Police later said she also was suffering from heart attack like symptoms.
Police said 26 others were removed from the water needing assistance for minor injuries or pains throughout the swim, which was the first portion of the triathlon. Race director Bill Burke said there were more than 3,000 participants this year. Due to health concerns, the Hudson River was closed last month to recreational use because of a sewage spill and then later reopened. Police don’t think there is a link between the spill and the incidents involving the athletes.
The triathlon is an Olympic distance race, consisting of a 1,500-meter swim or 1 mile, a 40-kilometer or 25 mile, bike ride and a 10-kilometer run, 6 miles according to the event’s website. A 32-year-old competitor from Argentina was pulled from the water unconscious 3 years ago near the same location. Esteban Neira died after the rescue. The medical examiner ruled that he died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease, a condition linked to high blood pressure. Race organizers said he was apparently unaware he had the condition.By: Pat Prescott
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