Cape Town - Legendary South African open water swimmer Theodore Yach, who holds the record of 108 Robben Island swims, has died. He was 60.
Cape Long Distance Swimming Association (CLDSA) said Yach died on Wednesday. He was undergoing routine tests for an asthma complaint when he collapsed and died in hospital.
According to CLDSA, Yach was a veteran of 108 Robben Island swims, an English Channel swim, as well as many other international distance swims. The association said he would be remembered as a humble gentleman who loved motivating youth to achieve their dreams. He was a friend to all and took interest in all swimmers who shared his passion for sea swimming.
CLDSA chairperson Andrew Chin said Yach’s death shocked the swimming community as he was well known for his swimming achievements around the world.
“Theodore Yach was a legend in South African open water swimming circles and he inspired many people to take on the challenge of a swim to Robben Island, which was his favourite swim,” said Chin.