Tributes to Channel swimmer

The coach of Susan Taylor from Leicestershire, who died in a charity swim across the Channel, has said she was "always smiling". Susan got into difficulty whilst attempting the challenge in a bid to raise money for Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK.

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Susan Taylor an 'experienced long-distance swimmer'

The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of Susan Taylor while attempting to swim the English Channel. A statement said:

On Sunday 14 July, whilst attempting to swim across the English Channel to France, Susan Taylor aged 34, from Barwell in Leicestershire collapsed suddenly in the water, just off the French coast.

Susan was immediately recovered from the water and received medical treatment on the support vessel. She was air lifted by helicopter to a French hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Susan was an experienced long-distance swimmer and had prepared tirelessly for the challenge ...

Susan took great pride in her fundraising for some amazing charities and we would like her sacrifice to be recognised in the only way she would have wanted.

– Foreign office statement

The statement also said that anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Susan's memory can donate to charity here.

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Swimmer 'totally dedicated' to children's charity

A British swimmer who died after attempting to swim the English Channel was a "much loved" ambassador for Rainbows Hospice, one of the charities she was raising money for.

Susan was a wonderful woman who would do anything for anybody. She has been a much loved Ambassador at Rainbows for over two years, helping out at events and tirelessly fundraising for us. She was more than an Ambassador; she was part of the Rainbows family.

Susan was totally dedicated to Rainbows, even taking time off from her career to devote more efforts to her fundraising. She was really looking forward to taking part in her createaripple.co.uk challenge and we are all so proud of what she achieved.

All of the children, young people, families, staff and volunteers at Rainbows are devastated and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be sadly missed.

– Geoff Ellis, chief executive at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

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Tributes to swimmer who died in Channel attempt

Friends of Susan Taylor who died after attempting to swim the English Channel have left tributes to the British swimmer on her Facebook page:

I am so sorry for your loss. I swam with Susan last year in a different Relay team and was so shocked when I heard the tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all your family and friends.

– Steve Parker

RIP Susan. Swimming was your life all through school from Barwell Infants we all grew up together. I am so sad I cannot think of any words at this time. God bless you, it was an honour to grow up with you xxx

– Rebecca Adie-Drackley
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'Lovely' woman dies in English Channel attempt

The Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (CS&PF), which also authorises and supports the attempts, was not involved with the swim but was made aware of what had happened yesterday evening.

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.

– Kevin Murphy, Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation Secretary
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