16 Jul 2013

British woman dies during Channel swim

10:42 am on 16 July 2013

A British woman has died while trying to swim across the English Channel for charity.

Susan Taylor, 34, from Barwell, Leicestershire, died in Boulogne on Sunday after she "suddenly collapsed" on the final part of the challenge.

She was doing the 34 kilometre endurance test to raise money for Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough and Diabetes UK, the BBC reports.

In a statement released through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the family confirmed an earlier report Ms Taylor had suddenly collapsed as she approached the French coast.

The family said Ms Taylor's brother, a paramedic, was on the boat at the time of the swim and battled to save her life.