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Inquest into death of woman who swam the Channel

An inquest into the death of a woman who died while attempting to swim the Channel is due to open today.

Susan Taylor collapsed in July 2013 close to the French coast.

She was swimming the route for charity.

Her friend, Kathy Bates, then took on the challenge swimming from Dover to France.

Susan Talyor died while trying to swim across the Channel to France

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Channel swimmer on home straight

A Channel swimmer from Dover is close to completing her attempt to conquer the "Everest of open water swimming." Kathy Batts set off at 7:30am yesterday morning.

She was determined to take on the challenge - just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor collapsed and died in the water, one mile off the French coast. This video is from roughly the half-way point and is courtesy of http://www.lovechannelswimming.com/swims.

Kathy's Channel challenge as she takes on the 'Everest' of swimming

by Nashreen Issa

A swimmer has set off from Kent, attempting to cross from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in France. Kathy Batts is taking on the gruelling 21-mile challenge just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor, who was attempting the same challenge, collapsed and died just one mile short of the French Coast.

Having started at 7am on Tuesday 6th August Kathy hopes to reach France before midnight on the same day.

A few days ago our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Kathy and her family about the Channel attempt. The swimmer was keen to explain why she was determined to go ahead with what some call the 'Everest' of open water swimming.

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PICTURES: Teen sailor arrives in Dover

A teenager from the Isle of Wight has arrived in Dover, after sailing across the English Channel using just her mouth to control her specially adapted boat.

Natasha Lambert was born with atheroid cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs as well as her speech. She took part in the 'The French Connection' challenge to raise money for charity.

Natasha Lambert has arrived in Dover after sailing solo through the English Channel Credit: ITV Meridian
The 16-year-old has cerebral palsy and has been using her mouth to control the boat Credit: ITV Meridian
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