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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.

Five thousand take part in Great North Swim

Around five thousand people took part in the Great North Swim Credit: ITV

Around five thousand swimmers have taken to Windermere for the Great North Swim.

The event had been postponed for two days after bad weather. Friday's cancelled two mile event will take place this evening at the end of today's scheduled events.

Swimmers cross the finishing line Credit: ITV

The five thousand people who should have taken part yesterday will be given a full refund.

Spectators watch swimmers at the finishing line of the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere. Credit: ITV
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