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British woman dies trying to swim English Channel

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A 34-year-old British woman died Sunday while trying to swim the English Channel as part of a charity drive.

Although there is no official word of what caused her death, witnesses said Susan Taylor "suddenly collapsed" during the last leg of her 21-mile endurance test near the French coast, Medical Daily reported.

Emergency rescuers and Ms. Taylor's brother, David, tried frantically to revive the swimmer, but she was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Medical Daily reported.

Ms. Taylor was swimming with support from the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) and was raising money for Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK, The Independent reported.

The swimmer's fundraising efforts had reached 2,752 pounds ($4,163) during the race. Today, the fund's running total has reached 48,217.17 pounds (roughly $73,000) and continues to climb, Medical Daily said.

"It is with deepest regret and sadness that the Channel Swimming Association confirm that swimmer Susan Taylor died in her attempt to cross the English Channel on the 14th July," read a statement on the CSA's website.

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