Tunisian Olympic sailor Eya Guezguez died at the age of 17 after a training accident at sea on April 10.
The Tunisian Olympic Committee said in a statement on its Facebook page that Eya died while training for upcoming regional and international competitions.
According to reports, Guezguez was training with her twin sister Sarra when their boat capsized due to strong winds.
The sisters’ coach reportedly managed to rescue Sarra before locating Eya, whom he attempted to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on.
Eya was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Eya and her sister finished in 21st position in the women’s 49er FX category at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said that he was “shocked by the news.”
“She was an inspiring talent and role model for her athletes’ generation. Eya Guezguez’s participation at Tokyo 2020 alongside her twin sister Sarra will continue to motivate girls everywhere,” Bach said.
Eya’s death sparked anger and frustration in Tunisia over management and the nature of safety equipment.
An investigation into the incident has been launched.
© Fourth Estate
® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.