Authorities: NYC Triathlon Participant Revived After Apparent Heart Attack

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man competing in the New York City Triathlon was revived after suffering an apparent heart attack in the Hudson River on Sunday morning, authorities said.

FDNY Lt. Ted Carstensen said that the incident happened around 8 a.m. off West 79th Street. Halfway through the event’s swim portion, a lifeguard noticed one of the racers in trouble.

The triathlete was treated on an FDNY medical boat before being transported to Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital, authorities said.

“The distressed swimmer was brought to the boat by a jet ski and a rescue swimmer, and we began CPR there in conjunction with medical care being administered by two rescue medics that were assigned to that boat this morning for safety purposes,” Carstensen told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

“They were able to re-establish the victim’s heartbeat. And subsequent to that, he began breathing on his own once he had already been transferred off the boat.”

Volunteers on kayaks, surfboards and jet skis helped with the rescue and notified medics, Carstensen said.

The victim was in stable condition Sunday afternoon, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

“It was a successful intervention because of all the cooperation among the event’s staff, the firefighters and paramedics aboard the medical boat and the land-based units who took over the patient care once we brought him back to the dock,” Carstensen said.

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