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April 19, 2021

US national swimmer dies in overseas race

Fran Crippen, a medal-winning open-water swimmer on the U.S. national team, told his coach he wasn’t feeling well late in a race before he died in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, sports.yahoo.com informs. The 26-year-old from a family of prominent swimmers in suburban Philadelphia was competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometre World Cup in Fujairah, south of Dubai, but failed to finish and was found in the water two hours later, according to Swimming World. The magazine said the water temperature was about 30 C, and several swimmers were treated for heat exhaustion after the race. Swimmers were the first to respond when Crippen failed to arrive at the finish. Several returned to the water to search for him and were soon followed by a dive team. Crippen’s body was found just before the last buoy on the two-kilometre triangular course, race organizers said. He was rushed to shore and transported to Fujairah Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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