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

LOWER TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) – A man from Wilmington, Delaware, died while competing in the “Escape the Cape Triathlon,” an open water race off Cape May County, New Jersey.

According to DelMoSports Inc., the event organizers, lifeguards noticed the man in distress near the “Open Water Classic” swim portion of the event around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The man was pulled from the water to Lower Township Beach near David Douglass Sr. Memorial Park, where EMS personnel administered CPR.

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

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

The company said appropriate safety precautions were followed “because the health and safety of athletes is both DelMoSports’ and USA Triathlon’s top priority.”

Officials said the man was in his 60s. He has not been identified at this time.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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