Susan Taylor dies swimming the English Channel for charity

swimmer-susan-taylor-dies-english-channel.jpgBritish swimmer Susan Taylor, 34, has died after collapsing less than a mile from completing her swim across the English Channel (the narrow stretch of sea separating England from France). The accountant from Leicestershire, England, was raising money for the Rainbows Children's Hospice and Diabetes U.K.

Her sister posted to her Facebook page:

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. She was then air lifted by helicopter to a hospital in Boulonge. 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. If you would like to leave a sign of respect please feel free to donate to her fund raising page.

On her website, she called the English Channel swim tougher than climbing Mount Everest -- "Less than 1,000 people have completed the 21 -mile cross-Channel swim, whereas over 3000 have conquered the world's tallest mountain. Only one in ten people who train for the channel actually complete it."

According to the fundraising site, she had raised over $85,000 for her charities.

Susan's father, Arthur, tells the International Business Times, "I'm devastated. I've lost the best person in the world. She was just wonderful."

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