Police: Uruguay athlete drowns in Cayman swim race

  • Associated Press
  • May 27, 2013 - 6:14 PM

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Police in the Cayman Islands say a member of Uruguay's Special Olympics swim team has apparently drowned during a competition in the waters off a popular beach.

A Monday police statement identifies the dead man as 41-year-old Pablo Jose Perez Larza. His hometown in Uruguay hasn't been released.

Police say the man died Saturday after getting into difficulty while taking part in an 800-meter sea swim off Grand Cayman island's Seven Mile Beach. The competition is an open water swimming event for Special Olympics athletes. He was pulled from the water unconscious and pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Special Olympics officials in the Cayman Islands say his death is a great loss.

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