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UPDATE: Off-duty Firefighter Dies At Triathlon

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NORTH CAPE MAY – At approximately 9:06 a.m. June 2, Dennis McDaniels, an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter participating in the Escape the Cape Triathlon became in need of medical attention during the Olympic swim portion of the three-part race. 
According to a release from the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the 36-year-old male athlete had nearly completed the initial swimming portion of the Escape the Cape Triathlon when he was spotted in distress by lifeguards near the swim finish.
The man was taken from the water to the beach in Lower Township near David Douglass Sr. Memorial Park where emergency medical service personnel administered CPR, attempting to resuscitate him.
McDaniels was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by attending physicians at 10:20 a.m.
“I’m heartbroken,” stated Stephen DelMonte, CEO of DelMoSports LLC. “I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for the McDaniels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
“We’re saddened by the news of the premature passing of Mr. McDaniels yesterday during the Escape the Cape Triathlon,” stated DRBA Executive Director Tom Cook. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues of the Philadelphia Fire Department.”
The medical examiner was expected to perform an autopsy June 3. Further information will be provided when made available by the family and authorities.
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NORTH CAPE MAY – An off-duty Philadelphia firefighter died while competing in the Escape the Cape Triathlon June 2, according to media reports.
The man, who has not been identified pending notification of family members, had nearly completed the swimming portion of the event when he was found unresponsive in the water by an event volunteer stationed near the course, James Salmon, spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority told NJ.com.
The man was carried to the beach near David Douglass Sr. Memorial Park where attempts were made to resuscitate him. He was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m., Salmon added.  
Cause of death was of an apparent cardiac arrest, said Salmon, but the official cause of death is pending an autopsy.
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