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July 14, 2014

Man collapses at Laurel Lake Triathlon

Transported to Saint Joseph London Saturday

LAUREL COUNTY — A man was transported to Saint Joseph London Saturday after he collapsed at the Laurel Lake Triathlon.

The participant had just reached the bike to run transition station when he suddenly passed out.

Cries for an ambulance rang out as bystanders began CPR on the unresponsive man. Numerous times those bystanders were heard yelling at the man, “Don’t die on me,” as they tried to revive him.

An AED was retrieved and used on the man around 20 minutes after he initially collapsed. Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County arrived on the scene a few minutes later.

While he was being loaded into the ambulance, one of the bystanders performing CPR said his breathing was shallow but the man was still unconscious.

A confirmation of the man’s identity or an update on his condition was not available at press time.

A request for comment from race directors Andy and Susan Kossen was not returned by press time.

Also responding to the scene were the London-Laurel Rescue Squad and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.

The triathlon consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride and 13.1 miles of running.

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