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Police: Member of Uruguay's Special Olympics swim team drowns in Cayman open water event

Police in the Cayman Islands say a member of Uruguay's Special Olympics swim team has apparently drowned during a competition in the waters off a popular beach.

A Monday police statement identifies the dead man as 41-year-old Pablo Jose Perez Larza. His hometown in Uruguay hasn't been released.

Police say the 41-year-old died Saturday after getting into difficulty while taking part in an 800-meter sea swim off Grand Cayman island's Seven Mile Beach. The competition is an open water swimming event for Special Olympics athletes.

Perez was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Special Olympics officials have not responded to an email seeking comment.

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