Media Contact: David Barra & Rondi Davies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (UPDATED SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2 PM)
(New York, NY) – On behalf of New York Open Water, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of Charles Van Der Horst of Chapel Hill, NC Charlie was participating in several stages of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim when he went under at the finish of Stage 6. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the Van Der Horst family and we ask that all respect their wish for privacy as they mourn this tragic loss.
The New York Police Department is continuing search efforts in the Hudson River and the Stage 7 swim scheduled for today has been cancelled. We can confirm that all swimmer safety protocols were in place and that the NYPD was escorting the field. We will continue to work closely with the authorities and will provide updates as they become available.