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Retired CCSD principal identified in triathlon death

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Patrick Hayden, a retired principal of Arbor View High School, was identified as the person who passed away during a weekend triathlon at Lake Mead. (Source: Hayden Family) Patrick Hayden, a retired principal of Arbor View High School, was identified as the person who passed away during a weekend triathlon at Lake Mead. (Source: Hayden Family)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -

A man who died while swimming in the Pumpkinman Triathlon at Lake Mead has been identified.

The Clark County Coroner identified that man as 59-year-old Patrick Hayden from Las Vegas. Hayden died from coronary arteriosclerosis with other significant conditions. His death was ruled an accident.

Lake Mead officials said at 8:55 a.m. a kayaker who was patrolling the event at Boulder Beach flagged down rangers who were nearby on a National Park Service patrol boat. When rangers arrived, Hayden was found unresponsive.

CPR was initiated, and the man was taken by ambulance to Boulder City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.

The Clark County medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Patrick Hayden's sons, Daniel and Daryn Hayden, said their father died of a heart attack, but they said doctors don't think it was caused by the physical stress of the swim. The family says they were told the 59-year-old had an aneurysm in his heart, which could have killed him at any time.

Family members said Patrick Hayden and his sons teamed up, each taking on one leg of the triathlon. They had challenged the women in the family to see who could finish the competition faster.

They said Patrick Hayden was more than halfway through the 750-meter swimming portion at Boulder Beach. Daryn Hayden says he knew something was off when it took longer than expected for his dad to come out of the water.

"I saw a ranger boat come in. A couple of ambulances went down there. I didn't think anything of it. I didn't think it was my dad. And then after a while, he still wasn't coming in, so I walked over there to see what was going on," Daryn Hayden said. Minutes later, he saw his father being rushed to the hospital.

"He was a pretty healthy guy and had trained for it. It was more of a freak accident," Daniel Hayden said. He added that his father loved to swim, almost as much as he loved his family.

Now the Haydens are struggling to figure out how to move forward from a family competition that turned into a tragedy. They hope to organize a similar event one day in honor of the retired assistant principal from Arbor View High School.

Hayden worked for Clark County School District for 34 years, according to his kids, who say his students and teachers were a second family.

"Words can't describe him. He was real caring, real giving. You could call him at any time," Daryn Hayden said about his father.

The family says a funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3300 N. Buffalo Drive in Las Vegas.

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