Dear frozen ones
On Saturday 8th December 2018, the third day of the VII Tyumen Open tournament of cities in the Russian Winter Swimming cup, a 55 year old Russian swimmer Mikhail Karmanovu of Zavodoukovsk tragically died following his swim.
Mikhail was a local winter swimmer and had just completed the 50m butterfly when he collapsed on the way to the recovery rooms. Despite efforts to resuscitate him he was pronounced dead on the scene by the local Doctors. Our deepest condolences are sent to his family, friends and loved ones.
As a result of this tragic incident all remaining events at the competition has been cancelled. IISA has also decided to cancel the World Cup Series 1000m event scheduled for Sunday 9th December.
Although this was not an IISA event, IISA would like to reiterate to all cold-water swimmers that swimming in such conditions is an extreme sport. The short distances may attract swimmers who are not in top shape of fitness or health. 50m is a very short time in the water, yet the icy water temperature can place a significant demand on one’s body.
IISA urges event organizers to make sure full adherence to safety rules and medical supervision, before and after a swim. We urge swimmers to make sure they are fit and in very good health before plunging into icy waters.
IISA offers support and our thoughts to Tyumen, Russian swimmers and Mikhail’s family. Our deepest condolences, be safe and keep healthy.