Posts tagged: Sean Murphy
Before the start of Ironman Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, as he stood with more than 2,000 others waiting to plunge into Lake Coeur d'Alene, David Martin met Sean Murphy, pictured. They chatted for a minute and Martin helped the 44-year-old Seattle man zip up his wetsuit in final preparations for their 2.4-mile swim. “We wished each other the best,” the 73-year-old Martin said. “And then off we went.” Before long, Murphy was pulled from the water, not breathing. CPR on a boat failed to restart his breathing. He was rushed to an ambulance, and taken to Kootenai Medical Center. There, he remained on life support until he died at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday. Beth Clemens, chief deputy coroner with the Kootenai County Coroner's Office, said the cause of death is pending an autopsy at Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office. The death is the first in 10 years of Ironman Coeur d'Alene/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: What can be done to make the swim portion of Ironman Coeur d'Alene safer?
Officials have announced that a man died early Tuesday afternoon following complications he suffered during the swimming portion of the Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene this weekend. The man has been identified as 44-year-old Sean Murphy from Seattle. Ironman personnel spotted Murphy struggling in Lake Coeur d’Alene about 20 minutes into the race and pulled him out of the water. They tried to resuscitate him at the medical tent, then transferred him to Kootenai Medical Center, according to a statement from the Kootenai County Coroner’s Office. Murphy was maintained on life support until he died at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, the statement said. An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be performed at the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office/Justin Runquist, SR. More here. (Photo from Sean Murphy Facebook page)