The marathon swimmer who disappeared throughout a 120-mile race on the Hudson River has been confirmed useless by his household, based on organizers.
Dr. Charles Van Der Horst, 67, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had been competing within the “Eight Bridges Race” on Friday when he vanished close to the New Jersey facet of the George Washington Bridge.
A person who was watching the race from a river financial institution informed investigators that he noticed the internationally acknowledged AIDS researcher and former faculty professor go underneath round three p.m.
“The household of [Van Der Horst] is deeply saddened to substantiate the lack of our beloved Charlie,” mentioned New York Open Water, the group that operates the Eight Bridges Race, in a Fb assertion Sunday. “He was collaborating in a number of levels of the [river swim] when he went underneath on the end of Stage 6.”
The race had began on June 8 — roughly 100 miles away — on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge between Hudson and Catskill.
“Charlie exemplified residing life to its fullest,” the organizers mentioned, exhibiting off a photograph of him leaping into the Hudson.
“He put all of his ardour and zest into all the things he did, from his love of his household, mates and group, to his swimming to his work on social justice and within the medical subject. Presently we ask that you just respect our needs for privateness as we mourn this tragic loss.”