August 07, 2016

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) A 69-year-old athlete competing in a New York triathlon has died.

Authorities say Vincent Fleck, of Mount Kisco, died after a lifeguard noticed him in distress during a swimming portion of the event.

Suffolk County police say a lifeguard brought him in a canoe to a rescue boat, where he received first aid. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The emergency occurred during the 500-meter swim portion of the Smith Point Spring Triathlon in Narrow Bay.

Police say it was unknown if Fleck drowned or if he suffered a medical event. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner was set to do an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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