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An athlete disappears in Galicia during a triathlon test

The spectators lost sight of it and the river is being traced

As reported by the website La Nueva España, yesterday a Portuguese triathlete of 23 years disappeared in the Miño river while he disputed the swimming segment of the Triathlon of Amizade Cerveira-Tomiño

This test, organized within the framework of the Eurocidade, was attended by more than 300 athletes.

The triathletes had to swim a total of 750 meters, to later face 20 kilometers of cycling and a foot race of 5.000 meters.

The naval commander of Miño, Juan Díaz, told EFE that as soon as he entered the water, the young neighbor of Barcelos and 23, began to feel in difficulties and asked for help.

One of the safety boats of the test approached but when it was already near the young its crew watched as it sank to the bottom of the river.

Update: 16: 50

The search has resumed but Civil Guard divers have had trouble diving into the well where it is believed that the body was trapped.

More than 5 participate in the device0 effective by land, air and water, with the intervention of specialized divers of the Navy.

These employ a multi-beam side sweep probe to track the bottom of the river in search of submerged objects to narrow down the point at which to make the dives.

The search is carried out in a section of about four kilometers, in places where there is a lot of current.

The triathlete faced the swimming segment when his eye contact was lost. The hypothesis is that he drowned and a device of ships and helicopters scan the river in search of the corpse.

The organization itself gave the alarm when they realized that one of the registrants did not reach the checkpoint, according to official sources. After the event all the competitive activity was suspended

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