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Ironman Triathlon/ Death Investigation


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On Saturday, June 8, 2002 a body was pulled from the water in Utah Lake during the first leg of the Triathlon at Utah Lake State Park in Provo, Utah.


On Saturday, June 8, 2002 a body was pulled from the water in Utah Lake during the first leg of the Triathlon at Utah Lake State Park in Provo, Utah. Provo Paramedics performed CPR on the victim and he was transported to the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. The first leg of the Triathlon competition started at the Utah Lake State Park in Provo at about 07:00 A.M. in the morning. The water temperature was about 69 degrees with the wind blowing from the North West. The 1,500 plus swimmers started from the north dike swimming west and then were to return to the south dike after swimming 2 1/2 miles. The waves were approximately 2 feet high as the swimmers started. A short time after the swimmers started the event, a buoy broke loose causing many swimmers to alter their course. At approximately 07:10 A.M. a volunteer with the Ironman competition observed a male floating in the water. This volunteer pulled the 53 year old male from the water and took him to shore while CPR was performed. CPR was continued by Provo Paramedic on the shore and enroute to the hospital. Buoys were being blown off course, Kayaks were being swamped, and the waves had reached approximately 5 feet high. At approximately 7:25 A.M. the first leg (Swim) was canceled due to wind and wave conditions. Search and Rescue with the Sheriff's Office, State Parks, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Volunteers spent the next little while assisting swimmers back to shore. The 53 year old male is from Redondo Beach, California. His name is not being released pending notification to family members. The Detective Division of the Utah County Sheriff's Office is currently investigation the death of the 53 year old male. An autopsy will be conducted at the Medical Examiners Office to determine the cause of death. Sgt. Dennis Harris Public Information Officer Utah County Sheriff Office