Swimmer who died during triathlon in Chesterfield identified

Updated: Jul. 1, 2019 at 12:33 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Police recovered the body of a man who went missing during the swimming portion of a the Robious Landing Triathlon.

Police identified the man as Quy P. Pham, 35, of Henrico. His cause of death was determined to be an accidental drowning.

The triathlon started in Robious Landing Park, located at 3800 James River Road. Participants took part in swimming, biking and running.

A joint investigation by Henrico Fire and Police, Chesterfield Fire and Police, along with Game and Inland Fisheries was prompted after Pham was seen struggling during the swimming portion.

(David A Pearson)
(David A Pearson)

Martin Ford, who lives nearby the park, says he comes here often and sometimes let his dog play in the water, but not without some extra precautions.

“Sometimes the current is really strong, and when he goes in, I’ve got to hold him with the long leash and pull him back in because it can be really strong,” Ford said.

Others that also come to this part of the river point out its other dangers.

“It gets deep. There are trees you can jump off of - 40-foot trees. You can jump in and won’t touch the bottom,” Haden Cossitt said.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, authorities announced they finally recovered Pham’s body.

Family members said he was a humble restaurant worker who leaves behind a wife and children.

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