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Woman dies swimming the channel Cclose to where Irish hero Paraic took ill


 Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor

A SWIMMER has died in the English Channel not far from where tragic Irishman Paraic Casey got into difficulty and died during a similar charity event last year.

British woman Susan Taylor, who was in her 30s, was swimming under the guidance of the Channel Swimming Association when she got into difficulty near the French coast.

She was taken to hospital in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer where she was later pronounced dead.



A FCO spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Boulogne on July 14. We are in touch with the family and are providing consular assistance."

Ms Taylor was close to where Cork native Paraic Casey took ill just under a year ago.

The 45-year-old, who worked at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork, died after being airlifted to hospital on July 22 last. He was swimming in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul and Marymount Hospice in Cork.

The Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (CS&PF) was not involved with Ms Taylor's swim but was made aware of her death.

CS&PF secretary Kevin Murphy said: "I was driving yesterday and the French coastguard rang me and asked for a telephone number for the captain of the boat. That was as far as my involvement went.

"It is incredibly sad. People in our organisation knew her. She had been our friend on the beach training in Dover and everyone's cut up about it because she was such a lovely, nice lady."

Mr Murphy said Ms Taylor was raising a lot of money for charity. He added: "I was on a training camp with her in Majorca in April. I do not know what her swimming history was but I do know she did a six-hour swim in cold water in Majorca in April.

"Both organisations require medicals signed by a doctor and we both require swims of at least six hours before we will register anyone to swim the Channel. Mrs Taylor had raised more than £4,000 (€4.620) for children's hospice Rainbows. She was also raising money for Diabetes UK.