A tragic event occurred this Thursday afternoon, when a 55-year-old doctor died after trying to swim across the Río de la Plata. He was identified as Gonzalo Leal, a doctor of Uruguayan nationality who was part of an open water swimming competition.
According to spokespersons from the Prefecture to TN, the man had no underlying illnesses and had undergone the medical studies that had been requested by the sporting event organizer Open Water Argentina.
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Leal had left from the city of Colonia, in Uruguay, towards the coast of Punta Lara. His goal was to swim across the river, the widest in the world. However, about 1,500 meters from his goal, the doctor began to “make erratic movements,” according to the police report, so he had to be pulled out of the water by lifeguards. Attempts to save his life were in vain. He “had purple lips and no vital signs. He was given CPR but they were unsuccessful,” a spokesperson explained.
Leal was rushed to the Municipal Hospital, where he arrived lifeless. The Naval Prefecture worked at the scene, and a case was opened to investigate the causes of death that will be investigated by prosecutor Juan Cruz Condomí Alcorta.