Following the tragic death of Francis Crippen on 23 October 2010 while competing in a 10km marathon swimming race in
FINA appointed a Task Force to assemble all relevant information on the death of the open water swimmer, to produce a report and:
“To propose useful, effective and firm recommendations in order to improve the safety in the sport of Open Water Swimming to avoid future harm to its athletes.”
The extensive report includes information on the establishment of the Task Force, an examination of the FINA Rules, information about the Fujairah venue, the climate on the day of the event, safety measures, a summary of Crippen’s medical history and coroner’s statements, and conclusions and recommendations to be considered by FINA.
Here is the link to the eight part FINA Task Force Report.
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Image: A photo of medal-winning Open Water swimmer, Fran Crippen.