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Ironman Death Stuns Triathletes

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?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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