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USSwimmer apparently drowns in Hudson River during 120-mile race

15:00  15 june  2019
15:00  15 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A marathon swimmer from North Carolina went missing in the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge on Friday while competing in a 120 - mile The marathon race began last Saturday and at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill, NY, and featured different stages everyday, except for

A marathon swimmer is believed to have drowned during a race in New York City. Charles Van Der Horst vanished in the Hudson River on the afternoon of June The 67-year-old started the leg of the 120 - mile race at the Tappan Zee Bridge and was set to exit the river at the George Washington Bridge.

Swimmer apparently drowns in Hudson River during 120-mile race© WABC U.S. Coast Guard and New York Police Department personnel search for a missing swimmer from a competition on Friday, June 14, 2019.

A 67-year-old apparently drowned in the Hudson River during a distance-swimming competition on Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

The man, whose name has not been released, was competing in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim when he disappeared during the second-to-last stage of the event. The entire competition covers 120 miles over seven days from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, in upstate New York, to the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, between Staten Island and Brooklyn.

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A marathon swimmer is believed to have drowned during a race in New York City. Charles Van Der Horst vanished in the Hudson River on the afternoon of June The 67-year-old started the leg of the 120 - mile race at the Tappan Zee Bridge and was set to exit the river at the George Washington Bridge.

He entered the river to chase down a frisbee he had been tossing around with others after it had fallen into the water, according to police. A 20-year-old man is clinging to life after nearly drowning in the Hudson River Thursday evening, police said. The man had jumped into the water near a pier at West

The stage Friday was to take swimmers from the Tappan Zee Bridge, renamed the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, in Tarrytown, New York, to the George Washington Bridge in the Bronx, according to New York Open Water, which organized the competition. The stage was 15.7 miles long.

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The swimmer disappeared in the vicinity of the George Washington Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

After spending several hours searching for the lost competitor, the Coast Guard said it was transitioning to a "recovery" effort.

"On behalf of New York Open Water, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of a swimmer today on Stage 6 of the 8 Bridges Open Water Swim," the organizers said in a statement. "Our thoughts are first and foremost with the swimmer's family and in respect for their privacy, we are declining to name the swimmer at this time."

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Dr Charles Van Der Horst was confirmed dead by his family on Saturday but New York authorities were still trying to recover his body from the Hudson River after he The missing athlete police were searching for after he vanished during a race down New York's Hudson River on Friday, has been

Dr. Charles Van Der Horst, 67, of Chapel Hill was competing in the 120 - mile 8 Bridges Race , a staged race , Friday when he disappeared about 3:10 p.m. near the George On Tuesday just before 10 a.m., his body was discovered washed up on the shoreline of the Hudson near Dyckman St. in Inwood.

The seventh and final day of the event, to be held Saturday, was canceled.

A safety supervisor was monitoring the swimmers at the time of his disappearance, organizers said.

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"We can confirm that all swimmer safety protocols were in place and that the NYPD was escorting the field," organizers said. "We will continue to work closely with the authorities and will provide updates as they become available."

The man's body had not been recovered as of early Saturday.

ABC News' Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.

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