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Texas Man Dies In Water During Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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File photo of San Francisco Bay. (Photo: Feng Wei/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Texas man died in waters after taking part in a triathlon. The 46-year-old competitor in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon died of an apparent heart attack Sunday in the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Reports indicate that the man entered the water and began the swim. He apparently went into cardiac arrest and did not recover. Organizers of the event said that the temperature of the water did not contribute to his death.

The race was held three months earlier than previous years within waters that were far colder than the waters of this year’s race.

According to organizers of the event, the competition begins with a 1.5-mile swim from the island home of the former federal prison. There is also an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through Golden Gate Park and along the San Francisco coast.

The man was seen in distress in the water during the swimming portion of the triathlon. Medical professionals performed CPR while pulling him to shore but the unidentified man from Austin was not able to be revived.  Authorities continue to investigate the case.

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