A Uruguayan surgeon who tried to swim across the River Plate had a cardiac arrest and died when he was near the coast of Buenos Aires, in Punta Lara.
Gonzalo Leal, 55, was also a professional swimmer and took part in a challenge to cross the River Plate. The basin is formed by the meeting of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers, on the border between Uruguay and Argentina.
He suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken by boat to the coast, where he received CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) maneuvers for several minutes, but without results. The information is from the newspaper La Nación.
Leal had left Colônia do Sacramento, swimming, at 4:30 am yesterday (1st), and was closely followed by two boats, one for first aid and the other in which his son accompanied him. He was heading to the coast of Punta Lara, where he was awaited by employees of the Argentine Naval Prefecture and family members.
The doctor, who was a vascular surgeon, was able to swim the 40 kilometer crossing, after presenting medical tests required by the organizers to carry out the race. The tests indicated that he had no health problems.
Around 1,500 meters before the end of the crossing, in Argentina, the swimmer began to make erratic movements and the teams quickly arranged for him to be removed from the water. His lips were purple and he had no vital signs, but he was taken to a local hospital which confirmed his death.
Last post on the networks
“Hello, I say I’m going to try to swim across the River Plate,” he wrote on his social media, shortly before the challenge. In the post, he also talked about his passion for swimming, which arose in his childhood, the challenge that participating in that crossing represented for him, and the importance of his family and especially his mother, who encouraged him “from the beginning”.
In his latest post on social media, he appears in a swimming pool, with diving goggles placed on his forehead. In the text, he writes: “Last preparations before the crossing.”