Triathlon competitor dies after being pulled from Lake Erie at Edgewater Beach

Triathlon competitor dies after being pulled from Lake Erie at Edgewater Beach

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - ***Update 3:39 p.m. 8/11/18***

USA Triathlon officials said 75-year-old Jim Hix has passed away after he had to be pulled from Lake Erie while competing in the swim portion of the race in Cleveland on Saturday.

The athlete from Claremore, Okla. was competing in the 75-79 age group.

"Our sport lost a member of its beloved community and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Jim's wife, Ann, his family and friends," said USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris in a press release. "As one of the nation's top multisport athletes in his age group, Jim and USA Triathlon shared a close relationship and his passing is particularly difficult."


***Previous Coverage***

The U.S. Coast Guard confirms that a Triathlon swimmer was pulled from Lake Erie on Saturday.

According to the Coast Guard, the male was participating in the Triathlon just after 8 a.m. when he went under.

The Coast Guard reportedly pulled the male from the water in the Edgewater Marina / Beach area and he was unconscious.

CPR was attempted, however the male was unresponsive, according to Coast Guard.

The swimmer was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition.

The identity of the swimmer has not yet been released.

Return to Cleveland 19 for updates on this incident.

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