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10,000 swimmers take to Windermere for Great North Swim

The eighth annual Great North Swim is underway at Windermere. 10,000 swimmers raising money for numerous charities are expected to take the plunge this weekend.

The festival of swimming will also feature a world class elite race in partnership with British Swimming. That race will act as a selection event for the senior British team ahead of the World Championships. Alongside the elite are amateurs of all abilities taking in their own personal challenges over half a mile, one mile, two miles or five kilometre distances.

We're really excited to be celebrating our eighth year in Windermere. Since 2008 the swim has grown from 3,000 participants to around 10,000, which clearly demonstrates the increasing popularity of this exhilarating sport.

– Alex Jackson, director

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Open water swimmer who died has been named

Thousands took part in Britain's biggest open water swimming event Credit: PA

A 52-year-old man who died in a lake swim challenge has been named.

Colin Pringle, from Wallington, South London, died in hospital after participating in the Great North Swim in Windermere, Cumbria, on Friday 13 June.

He was taking part in the two-mile distance and fell ill in the water. He was transferred to Cumberland Infirmary by Great North Air Ambulance but later died.

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Woman airlifted from Great North Swim

A 54 year old swimmer had to be rescued from the water at Windermere and airlifted to hospital with a suspected heart attack during the Great North Swim.

The woman from Worcester was taken to Hospital in Blackpool for specialist treatment.

She had been treated at scene by the on site medical team on Saturday afternoon after taking ill during her swim and is reported to be in a serious condition in hospital.

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