Danish Swimmer Dies of Drowning at Open Water Race

A Danish woman passed away during an open water race in Denmark on Sunday, and an autopsy released by the police on Wednesday afternoon indicates that the cause of death was drowning.

Danish Swimming Officials have put out several press releases on the subject, though none have included the name of the swimmer.

The 1400-meter race across the Vejle Fjord had around 500 participants, and the deceased was described as a 52-year old woman.

“The accident yesterday was a terrible experience for us all and we are working hard to get painted a detailed picture of the course,” said Director of Danish Swimming Pia Holmen on Monday.

The Federation says that they have had several meetings on the subject of the tragedy, but are awaiting a clearer picture and completion of an investigation before releasing further details.

The Fjord, which is a major inlet  in the central part of the country. The water is generally on the cooler end of the spectrum, as one would expect in northern Europe, so most participants were likely in a wetsuit. There is no indication if the deceased was or was not. The air temperature in the area was in the mid-50’s Farenheit (About 14 degrees Celcius) on Sunday.

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10 years ago

20°C is 68°F… or are you already adjusting the fahrenheit for wind chill? Denmark gets pretty windy.

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