October 23rd, 2010
05:39 PM ET

U.S. swimmer dies during event in United Arab Emirates

A 26-year-old member of the U.S. national swimming team died Saturday during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates, according to event officials.

Fran Crippen died during the last leg of the 10-kilometer Marathon Swimming World Cup in Fujairah, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) said in a press release.

The cause of death is under investigation, FINA said. Swimming World magazine reported that Crippen fell unconscious during the event and was found by deep-sea divers two hours later near the race's final buoy.


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  1. Ed-L

    Where were the water-rescue boats, where were his coaches, where were the race officials?? They all should have been out in boats following each swimmer and if they were getting in trouble, they could have pulled them out of the water. This is criminal on FINA's part and the U.S. swimming team, as well.

    October 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. texvet


    October 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim


    October 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whocares

    No kidding.. I thought these events were supposed to have safety measures in place, not a scuba team to recover a corpse. something wrong with that..

    October 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |