On June 9th, authorities in Madison, Wisconsin, confirmed that one man died and another was in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Monona during the 1.9K swim at Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin. City of Madison Fire Department officials say that one athlete was found unresponsive in the water (7:53 AM) and in need of advanced life support from paramedics (City of Madison). Approximately an hour later, the fire department was notified that a second unresponsive patient was being transported to shore for similar emergency medical treatment.
A Fire Department spokeswoman told the Wisconsin State Journal it’s possible both men may have suffered a medical emergency that caused them to go underwater. She said was no indication that the two incidents were related.
This is the second report of athletes passing in an event in 2019. At Ironman South Africa, two athletes died during the swim. Race officials and medics on the scene say one of the individuals appeared to have suffered a heart attack, while the other experienced convulsions in the water – SABC.