Pinellas County, Florida -- A man from Michigan to take part in a local triathlon drowned early Saturday morning.
The man was known as Donald Bautel 64, he was visiting Florida from Michigan to join the "Escape from Fort De Soto" triathlon event. While in the swimming part of the triathlon race, Bautel appeared to be drowning and swimmers in the area pulled him from the water and began CPR.
EMS and Deputies arrived on scene and Bautel was transported to a local hospital via ambulance where he later died.
Deputies say the drowning appears to be accidental, possibly health related.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - An accident killed an Ironman athlete on Highway 90 near Venetian Isles Friday morning April 11, 2014. A car hit two triathletes while they were riding their bikes. The scene was awful, the bike was totally destroyed. Highway 90 is a training route for all the local cyclists.
The cops said that the athlete who was killed was Frank Guinn, 36, who is a veteran firefighter in Atlanta and the other athlete from another bike that was hit is his 40-year-old brother-in-law who is critically injured and was taken to a nearby hospital.
They were training for Sunday's Ironman 70.3 race.
Ironman triathlon officials released an statement about the accident:
"We have learned that a group of cyclists were struck by a car on the Chef Highway. We are deeply saddened to learn that one of our athletes, scheduled to participate in this Sunday’s triathlon, has passed while another is critically injured. Our sympathy and thoughts are with all who have been affected by this tragic event.”
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department said that, Sgt. Guinn was a dedicated professional devoted to his family. As a department, we will wrap our collective arms around his wife, Kim, and his beautiful girls. We ask that you keep them and Sgt. Guinn's entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sgt. Guinn was survived by his wife and three daughters.
Monday, April 7, 2014
A camera drone which is use to cover an event hit an athlete in the head, maybe controlled by a friend of one of his competitors. A triathlete in the Endure Batavia Triathlon event that was held in western Australia was hit in the head by a falling drone during the race.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was being controlled by one of the local videographers covering the sporting event. A spokesperson of the media company said that the accident looked suspicious.
"We will be conducting a full investigation of what happened but it looks as though someone has hacked into our system," owner Warren Abrams told Everything Geraldton.
In a statement by the organization sponsoring the race, The Geraldton Triathlon Club, they offer their sincere apologies about the accident.
The triathlete who was hit in the head was treated on site by paramedics and then taken to the hospital with minor injuries to her head.