Swimmer drowns as more than 10,000 cross Lake Zurich

swimGENEVA: A man taking part in an annual event in which thousands of swimmers cross Lake Zurich drowned Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Shortly before 5:30 pm (1530 GMT), several swimmers alerted police that a lifeless body was floating in the water, Zurich police said in a statement.

Police and security personnel quickly pulled the man out of the water, and attempted to resuscitate him, but to no avail.

“Unfortunately for the as yet unidentified man, help came too late,” the statement said.

Police were working to determine the circumstances surrounding the drowning, it said.

More than 10,700 people took part in the 29th annual swim spanning 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) across Lake Zurich.