Susan Taylor Dies: Endurance Swimmer Tried Channel Crossing

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 06:50 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Susan Taylor, a 34-year-old English endurance swimmer, died Sunday while trying to swim the English Channel solo to raise money for a hospice.

According to her Facebook fundraising page "Create a Ripple Channel Swim," Taylor had been training to raise money for the Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK. A message on the Facebook page posted Monday confirmed Taylor's death and had received 513 messages of condolences by Tuesday.

"Whilst attempting to swim the English Channel yesterday my sister, Susan collapsed suddenly in the water," the Facebook post stated. "She was immediately recovered from the water and treated on the support boat. She was then air lifted by helicopter to a hospital in Boulonge (France). Susan tragically passed away. Thank you for your messages of support. Please respect the families privacy whilst they come to terms with what has happened."

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Susan Taylor was near the end of the English Channel swim before collapsing in Wissant Bay, near Cap Gris-Nez, France, the International Business Times reported.  Taylor's brother David Wright tried to help resuscitate her after she was pulled from the water. Doctors do not know a cause of death yet.

"I'm devastated," Taylor's father Arthur Wright told the International Business Times. "I've lost the best person in the world. She was just wonderful. David was with her and he was the paramedic, he tried to help."

The International Business Times said since Taylor's death, hundreds have given money to the Rainbows Children's Hospice and Diabetes and left messages of condolences.

The New York Daily News reported that Taylor had raised more than $30,000 for the hospice and an additional $6,000 for Diabetes U.K. by Monday afternoon.

"She was a wonderful woman who would do anything for anybody," read a tribute on the hospice's website, reported the Daily News.

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"Susan was one mile from France," The Channel Swimming Association, which organizes swims between England and France, said in a statement to the International Business Times. "She was known and loved by so many including those at the CSA of whom many knew her personally. Susan trained so hard."

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