Rescue efforts to save a competitor who had a heart attack in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon at Mooloolaba on the weekend.
Rescue efforts to save a competitor who had a heart attack in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon at Mooloolaba on the weekend. contributed

Ambos back ironman organisers following death

QUEENSLAND Ambulance has backed organisers of an international Ironman race at Mooloolaba last weekend in which a competitor died.

More than 1500 competed in the Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast.

Victorian father Peter Farlecas died after being dragged from the water and a serious bike crash left another competitor requiring hospitalisation.

Responding to witness accounts reported in The Daily, Ironman CEO Geoff Meyer refuted claims Mr Farlecas and the bike-crash victim were left without medical assistance for extended periods.

"The safety of athletes and staff is our number one priority when it comes to the planning and delivery of our established season of events across the region," Mr Meyer said.

"We have extensive risk management and response plans in place and our experienced team has an exemplary record of safety.

"With regard to the Daily's published story: The cycling incident was logged with our Event Control Centre who initiated a response."

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A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed the response times for both incidents.

"On Sunday, September 14 QAS responded to reports of a 39-year-old male in cardiac arrest on Mooloolaba Beach. QAS was called at 7.05am and arrived at 7.10am - a five-minute response time," the spokeswoman said.

"Later that morning, QAS were called to a part of the cycle component on Venning St, Mooloolaba to reports of an injured cyclist. The time of call was 10.02am and QAS were on scene at 10.11am - a nine-minute response time.

"The scene was difficult to access due to the large number of competitors and spectators on the course.

"The 45-year-old male patient was transported to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition."

Mr Meyer said the organisation would continue to offer support for Mr Farlecas's family, but had no additional information on the incident until the coroner's report had been finalised.



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