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Olympic Swimmers Nearly Killed by Camera Boat

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The men’s triathlon event at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday had to be restarted after a boat carrying a camera crew nearly collided with a group of swimmers.

When the buzzer sounded, only half of the athletes dove into Tokyo Bay while the others — who noticed their path was blocked by the boat — remained on the shore.

As the participants who dove in swam away from the shore, the operator of the boat threw it into reverse in an attempt to get out of their way — but instead came precariously close to colliding with them, video shows.

After swimming more than 200 meters, the athletes were called back to the shore so the event could be restarted.

The incident marked the first false start in the history of the Olympics, organizers say.

Danielle Tufano












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