There was tragedy at the Port Elizabeth leg of Ironman as two participants lost their lives on Sunday morning.
According to the organisers, the two men needed medical attention during the swim leg of the race, and were both rushed to a nearby hospital.
They were later identified as Leon Stanvliet, a 63-year-old from George, and Andre Trichardt, 58, from Durban.
Reports suggests that the two incidents occurred within ten minutes of each other.
Ironman organisers confirmed the tragic events on Facebook;
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of two participants at the Ironman African Championship. Both athletes required medical attention during the swim portion of Sunday’s race and were transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated.
“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of both athletes, whom we will continue to support. We are working with the authorities to gather all the details.”
It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of two race participants at the IRONMAN African Championship. Both athletes required medical attention during the swim portion of Sunday’s race and were… https://t.co/968CQXBKzQ
— IRONMAN South Africa (@IMSouthAfrica) April 7, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the news of the two Standard Bank Ironman competitors who lost their lives during the swimming leg of the competition at Hobie Beach in PE this morning. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. #SBIronman @IMSouthAfrica.
— Standard Bank SA (@StandardBankZA) April 7, 2019
According to HeraldLive, Stanvliet had convulsions during the swim, and was removed from the water and rushed to the hospital.
Trichardt, on the other hand, is believed to have had heart complications.
Both men were declared dead when they arrived at the hospital.