Dead Ironman athletes named
Cape Town - The two athletes who tragically lost their lives
suffering cardiac arrest at a Half Ironman race in East London on
Sunday, have been named.
The two male competitors suffered fatal cardiac respiratory arrest during the swim leg of the
Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa.
They were named by Die Burger website
as Kevin Staessen (28) from Johannesburg and Berton Bosman (38) from Pretoria.
According to reports,
resuscitation efforts were performed on the athletes at the scene and in the
medical tent. They were then transported to St Dominic's Hospital for
further specialist investigation. However, after reassessment at St
Dominic's they were pronounced dead.
The Ironman is comprised of a 1.9km sea swim, a 90.1km cycle and a 21.1km run.
Both Staessen and Bosman were competing in their first Ironman event and had swum more than 1km when emergency services picked them up.