Coroner Identifies Texas Man Who Swam to Alcatraz

Race organizers believes the man suffered a heart attack shortly after he entered the San Francisco Bay for the 1.5-mile swimming portion of the triathlon around 7:30 a.m., according a statement by Race Director Bill Burke.

By Lisa Fernandez and Breena Kerr
|  Monday, Mar 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:29 PM PDT
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Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon

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The San Francisco County Coroner on Monday identified the man who died while swimming in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon as Ross Ehlinger of Austin, Texas.

Race organizers say Ehlinger suffered a heart attack shortly after he entered the San Francisco Bay for the 1.5-mile swimming portion of the triathlon around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Race director Bill Burke said that the race's water safety team saw the man in the water, and began CPR as they brought him to the shore. But rescuers were unable to revive him.

Burke said the man is the first person to die in the race's history.

The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht Club, an 18-mile bike ride, and an 8-mile run through San Francisco's Golden Gate Recreational Area.

Watch this video from Comcast Sports on the Alcatraz race.

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