GEORGE NEWS - A Resident of George Leon Stanvliet (62) died on Sunday while participating in the Ironman African Championship in Port Elizabeth. This was confirmed this evening by col. Priscilla Naidu, policespokeperson. Naidu told the George Herald another participant. Andre Trichardt (57) from Durban also died.
According to Naidu it appeared that Stanvliet had problems while in the water. At this stage it is not known exactly what happened. Stanvliet was taken to St. George’s hospital where he later passed away.
About 10 minutes later paramedics noticed that Trichardt was also in trouble while in the water. He was taken out of the water and taken to the same hospital. He also died later.
Naidu said post mortems will be done to determine cause of death.
It was also confirmed on the organizers Facebook page. An entry read:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of two race participants at the IRONMAN African Championship. Both athletes required medical attention during the swim portion of Sunday’s race and were transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of both athletes, whom we will continue to support. We are working with the local authorities to gather all details and will continue to do everything possible to provide a safe environment for our athletes.”
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