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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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Great North Swim gets underway

The Great North Swim gets underway on Windermere Credit: ITV

The Lake District is preparing for Europe's biggest outdoor swimming event, the Great North Swim.

10,000 competitors will converge on Windermere to take part in three days of competition.

They include some of the best open water swimmers from as far a field as South Africa and Germany.

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