Local swimmer dies after Sunday event

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 45-year-old local man died after being pulled from the water in a swimming event over the weekend.

Officials with the Pike Township Fire Department said Christopher Clarke had a medical issue on the water. Firefighters got him out of the water and he was taken to a hospital. He later died.

The incident happened at the Indy Open Water Challenge on Sunday at Eagle Creek Park. The Marion County coroner’s office said Clarke’s cause of death is still pending.

“Words cannot express the depth and magnitude of grief being felt by his Indy Aquatic Masters teammates and his friends in the greater swimming community,” Indy Aquatic Masters said in a statement. “Anyone who knew Chris felt his enthusiasm for life and his passion for swimming.”

Clarke founded Clarke Engineering Services in 1997. He’s also the CEO and board president of the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism in Indianapolis and was active in the Indianapolis business community.

Clarke leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son.

Here is a link to the full statement from Indy Aquatic Masters.

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