A 56-year old man died off of Potter’s Cover on Saturday morning while participating in the 40th Annual Save The Bay Swim.

The Jamestown Police Department said in a statement that at around 10 a.m. local officials were “alerted to a swimmer in distress in the area of Potter’s Cove, the man was removed from the water and found to be unresponsive. The unidentified man was transported to Newport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Update (10 a.m. on August 15th) – The Jamestown police have identified the 56-year-old man as Frank Wuest of Boston.

According to Jamestown Police Department, the incident appears to be a medical problem but remains under investigation, pending an autopsy.

More than 500 swimmers and 200 kayakers participating in the event that is the signature fundraising event for Save The Bay.

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WPRI – Man pulled from water during ‘Save The Bayswim Saturday, later dies

The Providence Journal – Man, 56, dies in Save The Bay Swim

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).