Endurance athlete Nick Thomas has died while attempting to swim across the English Channel. He was not wearing a wet suit.
According to the Channel Swimming Association, there have been 2,073 successful swims of the English Channel since 1875, including 72 so far in 2016.
But that shouldn’t fool anyone into thinking that it’s an easy feat.
Thomas had been swimming for about 16 hours, the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (another organization that certifies these swims) said.
He was pulled onto an escort vessel .75 miles short of completing the 21+mile swim. The crew of the boat administered CPR and was met by an ambulance at the harbor in Calais, France. He was later pronounced dead in a hospital.
Thomas, an Englishman, successfully completed a swim across the Channel in 2014.
Thomas was a well-known figure in the endurance athletics community. He was an Ironman and Ultraman triathlete.
Temperatures in the Channel this time of year range from 14 to 18 degrees Celcius (57 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). Thomas was 45.