CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - Curt Hart's doctors say he's lucky to be alive. The 58-year-old man from Corbin was competing in a triathlon on July 12.
After completing 56 miles on his bike, he collapsed near the Laurel Lake beach.
A group of four bystanders performed CPR on Hart. They say he stopped breathing and his pulse slowed to a stop.
Mike Hale was one of the volunteers.
"The way that we did it may not be absolutely perfect, current training on CPR, but it worked," Hale told WKYT.
First responders arrived, and flew the former high school tennis coach to UK Hospital. Doctors say he wouldn't be alive if it weren't for the quick response of the bystanders.
"We are so gracious and thankful that you all took the time out of your life, to give the breath of God back to my brother," said Roger Hart, Curt Hart's brother.
Roger Hart says his brother had several blocked blood vessels and had to undergo heart bypass surgery.
"He will be back on the tennis court and bicycling and he'll be stronger than ever," Roger said.
Hart will not be able to play tennis or ride his bike for three months.