A retired professor from the University of North Carolina is reported to have died as a result of a missing marathon race in New York last Friday, the New York Post reported.
Charles van der HorstThe 67-year-old has been overwhelmed by the approach of the sixth stage of eight-stage swimming, according to a Facebook message from New York Open Water. According to the organization, this 120-mile race is the longest swimming race in the world. The organizers canceled the last day of the swim after van der Horst's disappearance.
Van der Horst was last seen around 3:15 pm Friday on New Jersey from George Washington Bridge. "He had eyes on him when he fell for the first time," Coast Guard Marine Officer Steve Strohmaier told NJ.com. "We used all our assets but we could not find it."
According to conflicting reports, the search, which had gone from a rescue operation to a rescue operation, was interrupted between 18:45 and 19:00, and was interrupted for the night. The search resumed Saturday morning but without success.
Van der Horst attended Harvard Medical School and, in a statement, The news and the observerUNC stated that he was an internationally recognized researcher on HIV / AIDS.
"Dr. Charles van der Horst was a passionate and dedicated researcher, clinician and colleague during his many years at the UNC. He has been recognized as a leader in the research and treatment of HIV / AIDS in North Carolina and around the world, "the statement said. "He was an incredible force for good and his example of dedication to science and service led him. Our team at the UNC School of Medicine is saddened by this news. Our thoughts are with his family.