Sky News reports that a British woman has tragically died atempting to swim the English Channel.
Susan Taylor began the open water swim in the early morning hours Sunday. She was only a mile from the French shore when she was pulled from the water by her brother, a paramedic. Her support team alerted emergency services from France. They airlifted her via naval chopper to a Boulogne-sur-Mer hospital.
Taylor died at 7:15pm Sunday.
Taylor father, Arthur Wright told Sky News: “I’m devasted. I’ve lost the best person in the world. She was just wonderful… She had swum 30 miles and she got to the last part and that’s when it happened. That’s as much as I know.”
Crossing the English Channel began in the 19th century. Captain Matthew Webb made it, swimming from England to France August 24-25, 1875. He did it in 21 hours and 45 minutes. It is a daring swim, but the number of crossings ratified by the Channel Swimming Association (until 2005) was 982 by 665 people. Up until 2005 there had 24 two-way crossing and three three-way crossing. See the entire Sky News report here.