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Triathlon Ireland Says It Did Not Sanction Swim Event In Which Two Men Died

22nd August 2023
Brendan Wall (left) and Ivan Chittenden
Brendan Wall (left) and Ivan Chittenden died in separate incidents during the swim portion of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Youghal on Sunday 20 August Credit: via RTÉ

Ireland’s national governing body for triathlons says it did not sanction the swim event at the weekend in which two men died in separate incidents. previously reported on the tragedies in Youghal on Sunday (20 August) during the Ironman 70.3 event.

The two deceased have since been identified as Ivan Chittenden (64) from Toronto and Brendan Wall (45), originally from Slane but most recently living in the UK, according to RTÉ News.

They had been taking part in the swim portion of the event at Claycastle Beach in the East Cork town on Sunday morning, where sea conditions were visibly choppy.

In a statement, Triathlon Ireland said its technical officials attended before the start of the event to review the conditions and carry out a water safety assessment.

“Due to adverse conditions on the day, Triathlon Ireland Technical Officials confirmed to the race organisers that it was not possible to sanction the race,” it added.

Gardaí say they have ruled out any criminal investigation into the weekend’s tragedies, but noted that witness statements will be included with post-mortem in a file for the coroner.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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