A North Carolina man who went lacking whereas swimming within the Hudson River on Friday has been confirmed lifeless.

Charles van der Horst, 67, from Chapel Hill, was final seen going underneath water whereas swimming within the sixth stage of New York Open Water’s eight Bridges Open Water Swim, a seven-day, 120-mile swim alongside the Hudson River, Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier of the U.S. Coast Guard stated.

Van der Horst’s household confirmed his demise on Saturday.

“Charlie exemplified residing life to its fullest,” the household wrote in a press release. “He put all of his ardour and zest into the whole lot he did, from his love of his household, pals and group, to his swimming to his work on social justice and within the medical discipline.”

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Van der Horst was the emeritus professor of medication and infectious ailments on the College of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a worldwide well being guide for EQUIP Well being in South Africa, in accordance with his Twitter account. He additionally served as a volunteer major care doctor at a free clinic in Raleigh.

New York Open Water, the group that runs the race, stated within the assertion, “Our ideas are initially with the Van Der Horst household and we ask that every one respect their want for privateness as they mourn this tragic loss.”

Authorities known as a seek for him at three p.m. on Friday within the Fort Lee and New York sides of the river.

New York Open Water canceled the seventh stage of the occasion, which was scheduled for Saturday, shortly after.

“We are able to affirm that every one swimmer security protocols had been in place and that the NYPD was escorting the sphere,” New York Open Water wrote within the assertion.

Creator Tim Tyson remembered his pal in a public put up on Fb, saying many individuals liked van der Horst for “his candy spirit, his delight in and love for his household, his deep and energetic love of humanity, his well-informed devotion to the widespread good, his kindness to everybody round him, his zesty embrace of life, his hilarious humorousness and the absurd, and his unassuming and unflagging willingness to make sacrifices for his most deeply assist ethical values.”

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Van der Horst wrote about taking part in earlier swimming races down the Hudson in a column that appeared within the newspaper final yr.

“Racing 15 miles within the Hudson River beneath the cliffs of West Level, dwarfed by an oil tanker with its propellers transferring whump, whump, whump like some whale in warmth, introduced perspective as to the vastness of nature,” van der Horst wrote.

He wrote that when the waves tossed him “like a chunk of flotsam” he embraced “the calm data that I may trip them out regardless of my primal fears of the immense crushing energy.”

Contributing: The Related Press

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