DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV)--- Authorities have identified the man who died while competing in the Half Ironman on Lake Monona on Sunday.
The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said 61-year-old Michael McCulloch of Cottage Grove was removed from the water during the swim portion of the race. McCulloch was transported to a local hospital where death was pronounced shortly thereafter. Preliminary results of an autopsy confirm his death was consistent with an accidental drowning due in part to a medical event. Additional testing is underway.
Authorities said a second person was rescued from Lake Monona during the Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin triathlon. The person remains in critical condition.
The Madison Fire Department was notified by event officials that one athlete was found unresponsive in the water and in need of advanced life support from MFD paramedics near Olin-Turville Court at 7:53 a.m., according to MFD.
Approximately an hour later, MFD was notified that a second unresponsive person was being taken to shore for similar emergency medical treatment.
A Madison Fire Department Paramedic told NBC15 that the swimming portion of the triathlon can be the most dangerous. He could not give any information about what happened Sunday, but he said athletes can lose energy or get cramps while swimming.
Other triathlon participants told NBC15 the water conditions were great for swimming. They said the water was warm and calm.
Sunday's race is different than the Ironman race in September. September's race is the full Ironman, which is twice as long as Sunday's route.