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33-year-old Milwaukee man dies at the Pewaukee Triathlon in Wisconsin

Posted Jul 13 2009 10:04pm

Ambulance_lights A 33-year-old Milwaukee man died Sunday during the swim portion of the Pewaukee Triathlon in Wisconsin.

Daniel J. Murry was racing his first triathlon according to race director of the Pewaukee Triathlon when he began grabbing for a kayak.

Steve Peterson who was in a kayak during the race dove in and tried to save him. "He just went down," Peterson said. "I got out of my kayak -- dove off the front end."

Peterson added that Murry was also trying to hold on to a flotation device eventually slipped under the water.

"I couldn' t find him at first. I duck-dived down and found him with my foot off the bottom -- pushed him up. Once we got him up, the lifeguard and I assisted the Pewaukee Fire Department in getting the gentleman into the boat," Peterson added.

Lifeguards attempted to revive Murry with CPR but were unsuccessful in their attempts.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

According to

"Police said paramedics worked on Murray and then transported the man to Waukesha Memorial Hospital."He was in a portion of the water that was being patrolled by the lifeguard and staff that were on duty, and they assisted him immediately," Pewaukee police Lt. Mark Flessert said. "It' s not known right now if he had some medical condition that might have precipitated his going underwater."

More than 1400 amatuer athletes took part in the race

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