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Man dies while swimming in annual Emmett triathlon

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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 12:23 am

EMMETT — A Boise doctor died Saturday while competing in the swimming portion of the 11th Emmett’s Most Excellent Triathlon.

Dr. Matthew Sell, 58, a neonatal and perinatal specialist in Boise, died of a possible cardiac arrest during the .9-mile swim at Blacks Canyon Reservoir, race official Ken Runyan said. Sell had no pulse when lifeguards pulled him from the water and was declared dead after he was transported to a hospital in Boise by air ambulance.

“This race is a United States Triathlon sanctioned event,” Runyan said. “They have rules about how many emergency crews we have working. It is times like this that we are glad we have them.”

Twenty-four kayaks, 12 lifeguards and four power boats were on standby for the swim portion of the triathlon.

Sell graduated from a Wisconsin medical school in 1980 and had 28 years of experience.

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