Rescue Crews Revive Swimmer in Cardiac Arrest During NYC Triathlon

Firefighters rescued and resuscitated an athlete who went into cardiac arrest in the Hudson River during the New York City Triathlon Sunday morning, officials say.

The triathlete was in the river during the swimming portion of the yearly race when lifeguards noticed he was in distress, according to the FDNY.

Rescue crews on water scooters and in kayaks came to the man and pulled him out of the water, and firefighters in one of the boats gave him CPR until rescue medics could take over.

Once the athlete began breathing on his own, he was taken to the hospital. He was listed in stable condition later Sunday, fire officials say.

Sunday was the fourteenth running of the New York City Triathlon, which begins with a swim in the Hudson and is followed by a 24-mile bike ride to the Bronx and back.

The race ends with a 6-mile run around Central Park.

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