THE preparedness of Ironman 70.3 organisers to handle accidents during the Mooloolaba event on Sunday has again been called into question.

A spectator says an injured cyclist had to wait 15 minutes for an ambulance despite one being stationed nearby.

Samantha Penman was at Mooloolaba to watch her husband Richard compete when she saw a cyclist in his 50s hit the median strip at speed on the corner of the Esplanade and Venning St and land heavily on his head and back.

Having attended several similar events in the past, Mrs Penman said it was the apparent lack of organisation and safety procedures which prompted her to contact the Daily.

"At the time there was only one person in attendance controlling pedestrian traffic across this busy section," she said.

"(The official) clearly didn't know what to do following the accident and a woman in the crowd took over and called for an ambulance.

"There were obviously no procedures in place because it took some minutes before any further official help, including police, arrived.

"They performed CPR on this man as his heart had stopped and he was revived, then they walked him over to a seat nearby.

"It took at least 15 minutes from when this happened to when an ambulance arrived and they were stationed just 300 metres away."

Mrs Penman said she could not understand why the race had not been temporarily stopped or redirected to avoid moving the man, who was clearly concussed and had potential back and neck injuries.

"It was painfully obvious that there was a lack of officials and even more so that there was no procedures in place nor training given to volunteers,'' she said.

"When the paramedics finally arrived they did all the right things, but it was up to the spectators to actually attend to him and keep him safe from other competitors on the track."

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Another spectator said the lack of water safety personnel and procedures had been apparent after 39-year-old Peter Farlecas, a father of three, suffered a suspected heart attack and died while competing in the swim leg.

The woman said it was four members of the public who stripped off and went to the aid of Mr Farlecas despite the event commentator noticing a competitor was well off course.

Ironman Asia Pacific CEO Geoff Meyer was unavailable for comment yesterday as he was en route to New Zealand.

However, a spokesman said he would respond today to questions put by the Daily.



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