S.C. man dies during Bay swim

Bay Bridge swim took place Sunday

June 09, 2014|By Sean Welsh and Danae King, The Baltimore Sun

A South Carolina man died Sunday after suffering a medical emergency approximately one mile into a swimming event near the Bay Bridge, police said.

Robert Matysek, 58, of Charleston, S.C., suffered cardiac arrest at 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, about a quarter of the way through a 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim in 72-degree water, the Maryland Natural Resources Police announced.

He was about a mile off the shore of Sandy Point State Park when an Anne Arundel County Fire Boat picked him up and he was transported to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m.

Matysek's wife, Patricia, was at the event and said her husband had previously completed 20 of the same swimming event, according to Candy Thomson, a Natural Resources Police spokeswoman.

Patricia also told police that her husband had been complaining of feeling ill, with stomach pain, before the event began, Thomson said.

The state medical examiner determined on Monday the official cause of death to be accidental drowning, according to Marlene Groom with the medical examiner's office.

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