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English Channel Swimmer Dies in Crossing Attempt

July 15, 2013

A British woman died while attempting to swim across the English Channel to raise money for diabetes and children's charities, her sister said.

Susan Taylor, 34, of Barwell, died Sunday, The Sun reported.

"Whilst attempting to swim the English Channel yesterday, my sister, Susan, collapsed suddenly in the water. She was immediately recovered from the water and treated on the support boat," Taylor's sister, whose name was not reported, posted on Facebook. "She was then airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Boulonge. Susan tragically passed away."

British officials authorized a number of swimmers, including Taylor, to cross the 21-mile wide waterway Sunday. The France side of the channel does not allow the swims because of ships in the area, strong currents and changing weather conditions.

On Taylor's charity page, she wrote: "The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with over 600 tankers and 200 ferries crossing it every day. Other problems include debris, jellyfish, currents and tides. As part of the challenge you are not allowed to wear anything that aids buoyancy or warmth. However, I will be accompanied by a support boat to ensure I stay out of trouble."

Taylor was swimming to raise money for Diabetes UK and the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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