Open water contest scrapped after swimmer's medical emergency

AN EARLY halt was called to a national swimming competition in Rotherham due to a “medical emergency”.

Swim England scrapped part of the Open Water National Masters Championships at Rother Valley Country Park on Sunday after the incident involving a male competitor.

They said in a social media post: “We would like to thank the incredible efforts of everybody involved in dealing with the medical emergency – the swim safety team, medical professionals, emergency services, venue and Swim England staff, officials, volunteers, swimmers and members of the public.

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“Our thoughts are with the swimmer involved who is currently receiving care in hospital.”

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said they had received an emergency call at 10.53am to “a male in difficulty who had been pulled from the water”.

A spokesperson added: “A number of ambulance resources were dispatched to the scene, including two ambulances, an air ambulance and doctor.

“The patient was conveyed by road ambulance to Rotherham Hospital.”