A 69-year-old athlete died while competing in the 500-meter swim portion of the Smith Point Sprint Triathlon in Shirley over the weekend.
Suffolk County police said Vincent Fleck of Mount Kisco was swimming across Narrow Bay when a lifeguard noticed Fleck was in distress at 7:25 a.m. Sunday.
The lifeguard pulled Fleck aboard a canoe and took him to a Mastic Beach Fire Department rescue boat, where an EMT began First Aid, police said.
The swimmer was then taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.
The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.