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Sulphur man drowns during triathlon at Sam Houston Jones State Park

Sam Houston Jones State Park (Source: Liz Koh/KPLC) Sam Houston Jones State Park (Source: Liz Koh/KPLC)
Sam Houston Jones State Park (Source: Liz Koh/KPLC) Sam Houston Jones State Park (Source: Liz Koh/KPLC)
Sam Houston Jones State Park (Source: Liz Koh/KPLC) Sam Houston Jones State Park (Source: Liz Koh/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A Sulphur man participating in a triathlon at Sam Houston Jones State Park Sunday morning drowned during the swimming portion of the event, officials said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said around 8 a.m. a triathlete identified as 25-year-old Taurean K. Blake swam about 100-yards before he started to struggle. Safety spotters and lifeguards were on duty and tried to lend aid to Blake but failed to do so before he went under. 

A CPSO Marine Division boat was at the race and arrived on scene when officials say Sgt. Ron Johnson threw on a tank and jumped into the water in full uniform to rescue the distressed swimmer.

"After several attempts, Johnson was able to locate Blake in the murky water and get him into the boat and start CPR," Myers said.

A pulse was found and he was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The T-Gator Series Triathlon hosted by Southern Endurance Promotions was being held at Sam Houston Jones State Park Sunday morning.

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