Four participants in Taiwan ocean swim event hospitalized

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/26
By: Worthy Shen, Wang Shu-fen and Emerson Lim

Photo courtesy of Yilan County Fire Bureau

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Four swimmers were hospitalized, one of them unconscious, after they were battered by rough waves in an ocean swim event in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday morning.

The 2019 edition of the annual Lanyang Ocean Swim kicked off in a coastal township in Yilan County at 8:30 a.m. with 1,127 participants, but was canceled half an hour later due to rough seas and strong winds.

At about 9:10 a.m., emergency calls were made for assistance to some swimmers, who appeared exhausted because of the rough waves, the Yilan County fire station said.

Four swimmers were taken to hospital, one of whom was a 72 year-old woman who had no vital signs upon arrival, the fire station said.    [FULL  STORY]

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