Second harbour race swimmer dies

A 59-year-old woman, who was pulled unconscious from the water during the annual cross-harbour swim on Sunday, has died in hospital.

The woman had been in a critical condition in the intensive care unit at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital following the incident on Sunday morning. She died at 11.06pm on Monday.

This is the second fatality to occur as a result of the 2016 event, the first being a 46-year-old male swimmer who was also found unconscious in the water.

Although 120 lifeguards were on duty on the day, the race attracted 500 more competitors than 2015's event and concerns have been raised as to whether further safety measures should be implemented to safeguard swimmers at future events.

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