Sometimes athletes hit rocks, jetties, turn buoys, flotsam, jetsam or other athletes while competing in open water swims.

Sometimes, they hit things or people quite hard causing lacerations and blood to appear.

In cold water or in murky waters, it may be difficult to know that you are bleeding in these cases. But if you are in an ocean swim, it is always best to confirm if you are bleeding and tell the race staff or safety personnel…and get out.

Photo from the San Francisco Bay.

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