A Cottage Grove man died due to accidental drowning while competing in the Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin triathlon Saturday morning.
Officials with the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Michael McCullough, 61, was removed from Lake Monona during the swim portion of the race and transported to a local hospital where death was pronounced shortly thereafter.
A forensic autopsy was completed Monday at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office. Preliminary results of that autopsy confirm that McCulloch’s death was consistent with an accidental drowning due in part to a medical event. Additional testing is underway.
A second man was listed in critical condition after being rescued an hour or so after McCullough was rescued.
The Madison Fire Department was notified by event officials at 7:53 a.m. that one athlete, later identified as McCullough, was found unresponsive in the water and in need of advanced life support from paramedics.
About an hour later, MFD was notified a second unresponsive patient was being transported to shore for similar emergency medical treatment.
MFD paramedics and EMTs took over lifesaving efforts on shore, and those efforts continued during transport to a hospital.