A swimmer has drowned in the Hudson River. The search for Charles Van Der Horst, a 67-year-old swimmer, who disappeared in the waters of the Hudson River in New York during an aquatic marathon has been suspended. New York officials were searching the site since late yesterday after the event’s organization reported the incident.
Van Der Horst is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and works as a physician. He took part in one of the stages of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, which is 193 kilometers long and passes through eight Hudson River bridges.
According to the New York Open Water, responsible for the organization of the event, Van Der Horst disappeared at the time of bridge number six. In a statement, the organization regretted the fact and canceled the seventh stage of the race, which was scheduled for today.
According to rescue officials in NEw York, the search is no longer considered a rescue operation but rather a recovery operation, meaning that the man is not expect to be found alive.
In addition, the organization also ensured that all safety protocols were up to date. “It is with great sadness that we report the disappearance of Charles Van Der Horst of Chapel Hill. We will continue to work closely with the authorities and provide updates as soon as they become available,” an official statement says.