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Coroner: Texas man, 46, died in Calif. triathlon

Updated: March 4, 2013, 10:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- For the first time in its 33-year history, a participant in the world renowned "Escape from Alcatraz" died during the event.

The death of Ross Ehlinger, 46, on Sunday during the swim portion of the event -- held in the frigid San Francisco Bay amid 6-foot swells and a powerful outgoing tide -- raised questions about what effect the tough conditions had. This year's event was held Sunday rather than in June to accommodate the America's Cup sailing race.

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