Probe launched into Fran Crippen death

Updated: October 27, 2010, 11:47 AM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Swimming says it will open its own investigation into the death of open-water swimmer Fran Crippen at a World Cup event in the United Arab Emirates.

The governing body of swimming in the United States said Monday it will examine exactly what happened to Crippen, why it happened and what can be learned to prevent such a death from happening again.

USA Swimming says its investigation will be conducted independently of FINA, the sport's world governing body that is looking into Crippen's death.

Crippen, a 26-year-old from suburban Philadelphia, died Saturday during a 10-kilometer race. He failed to finish and was found in the water two hours later, about 400 meters from the finish, organizers said.

FINA's president said Sunday that "overexertion" led to Crippen's death.

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus says his group plans to call on FINA to thoroughly review and improve open water safety protocols, procedures and precautions.

The details of the investigation and its timetable for completion have yet to be announced.


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