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Woman dies in charity Channel swim

A woman has died while attempting to swim the English Channel for charity, the Foreign Office said.

Susan Taylor, who was in her 30s, had trained and began her attempt in Dover.

She was swimming under the guidance of the Channel Swimming Association, which officially authorises attempts, when she got into difficulty near the French coast at about 5.30pm yesterday.

She was taken to hospital in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer where she was later pronounced dead, according to news website The Local.

A FCO spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Boulogne on July 14. We are in touch with the family and are providing consular assistance."

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