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Swimmer dies in English Channel during Arch to Arc endurance challenge

Swimmer dies in English Channel during Arch to Arc endurance challenge”

A man who died while attempting to swim the English Channel has been named as endurance athlete Douglas Waymark.

Douglas Waymark was taking part in the 300-mile Arch to Arc triathlon from London to Paris when he began to struggle.

The Arch to Arc event costs £3000 to enter and is held by Enduroman Ultra Events, with just 25 people having completed it before. Nick Thomas, 45, from Shropshire, died a year ago.

"He knew that, he knew the dangers, but he was doing what he absolutely loved".

"The vessel was in French waters around 12nm (nautical miles) from Dover".

Graham Fletcher added: "All of us who knew Douglas Waymark, will have so many memories of him, shared some great times with him, I am, as I'm sure you will be devastated by the news this morning".

It read: 2030 water taken. "Moon is rising behind a cloud over Calais".

The last word on his progress came at 20:30 BST, saying he was swimming on through cooling temperatures and fading light. "#DougWaymark swims on", it said.

Waymark's tracker showed his position online, and the last data visible between 9.09pm and 9.38pm showed he had turned around and was trying to head back towards Dover.

A search and rescue helicopter managed to arrive within 10 minutes and airlift the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

He was pulled from the water on Monday night by the English coastguard but later died at a hospital in Ashford.

Super-athlete Mr Waymark completed the Seven Summits challenge in 2009, which involves climbing the tallest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.

Kent Police confirmed his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Waymark had already completed an 87 mile run from London, and was planning to cycle a further 182 miles to Paris once he reached the French coast.

On Thursday he wrote on Facebook that the Enduroman Arch 2 Arc Triatholon "was arguably the toughest thing I have ever completed".

Mr Waymark had been roughly half way through his crossing attempt when, according to Kent Police, he "became unwell".



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