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Body of Charles van der Horst, missing Hudson River swimmer, found

by ZwemZa on June 19th, 2019

In this July 23, 2013, photo provided by Jenny Warburg, Dr. Charles van der Horst, standing at center, joins a Moral Monday protest at the state legislative building in Raleigh, N.C. He went missing during a marathon swimming race down New York’s Hudson River on Friday and was declared dead by his family Saturday.  (Photo: Jenny Warburg, AP)

The body of the North Carolina man who went missing while swimming in the Hudson River on Friday was found, authorities said Tuesday.

The New York Police Department confirmed that the body of Charles van der Horst, 67, was found in upper Manhattan on Tuesday.

After he went missing while swimming in the sixth stage of New York Open Water Swim, a seven-day, 120-mile swim, Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier of the U.S. Coast Guard said, van der Horst’s family confirmed his death on Saturday.

The seventh-stage swim was canceled Saturday and there are no current plans to reschedule the event, said New York Open Water, the organization that runs the race.

Van der Horst’s funeral was Tuesday in Durham, North Carolina.

“Charlie was a friend to so many, and was always the first to offer real help to anyone in need. He seemed to have infinite capacity to bring people into his caring embrace,” according to his obituary. “He was a passionate athlete, ran multiple marathons including NY and Boston, competed in triathlons, and in the last year began training for marathon open-water swims. He loved to challenge himself, and surely was proud that he completed that last 15.7 mile swim.”


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