Delaware man dies while competing in Escape the Cape Triathlon at Jersey Shore

LOWER TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) – A Wilmington, Delaware man has died while participating in ‘Escape the Cape Triathlon’, an underwater race off Cape May County, New Jersey.

According to DelMoSports Inc., the event’s organizer, lifeguards noticed the man in distress at the conclusion of the ‘Open Water Classic’ swim portion of the event around 8:30am on Sunday.

The man was pulled from the water onto the beach in Lower Township near David Douglass Sr. Memorial Park, where EMS personnel performed CPR.

He was then taken by ambulance to Cape Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“I am heartbroken,” Stephen DelMonte, CEO of DelMoSports LLC, said in a statement. “DelMoSports and the USA Triathlon have lost a member of their beloved community, and we extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”

The company said appropriate safety precautions were followed “because the health and safety of the athletes is a priority for DelMoSports and the USA Triathlon.”

Officials said the man was about 70 years old. He is yet to be identified at this time.

A medical examination will determine the cause of death.

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