David Walliams has tweeted about Susan Taylor's attempt to swim the English Channel describing her death as a "tragedy".
Susan Taylor's channel swim attempt very sadly ended in tragedy. This is her charity page if you want to donate... http://t.co/US483gQNWw
The comedian swam the Channel himself in 2006 raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
Two charities have been inundated with donations after a British woman's attempt to the swim the English Channel faltered in its final mile.
The English Channel is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, used by hundreds of cargo vessels and ferries every day.