Police: Body Found Believed to be Missing Triathlon Swimmer

Monday, Jun 28, 2010  |  Updated 10:03 AM EDT
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Police: Body Found Believed to be Missing Triathlon Swimmer

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Philadelphia Police Marine unit confirms they are in the process of recovering a body believed to be that of a man who disappeared while taking part in a triathlon Saturday.

The body was located around 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the river along Kelly Drive in the area of the Columbia Railroad Bridge.

Police said the 40-year-old man from Prospect Park in Delaware County entered the Schuylkill River shortly before 8:30 a.m. Saturday and never came out of the water. Lifeguards in kayaks said they had not seen anyone in any apparent trouble in the water.

Police say the man was taking part in a sprint triathlon portion of the 2010 Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon Sprint Race, an annual event that raises money for the cancer center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

About 1,500 people were taking part in the event, which consisted of a .9K swim, 24K bicycle race and 5K run.

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