Paraic Casey, an Irishman, has died whilst trying to swim across the English Channel, the stretch of sea which connects England to France.
The BBC reports that Paraic Casey, aged 45, from Cork, died close to the French coast whilst trying to swim across the English Channel. Casey was only a mile from finishing his epic swim. According to ITV News, Casey signed -up to a waiting list for his swim two years ago.
The reason for the swimmer's death is unknown, although the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, which oversees attempts by swimmers across the Channel, is looking into the case.
Casey's wife Riana is quoted by The Guardian as saying " Paraic was an amazing, healthy, tough, loving husband, friend, brother, uncle, son, nephew and cousin whose recent passion for swimming brought him to great places. I would like to thank everyone for their love and support. We ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time."
Casey was raising money for two charities, Marymount Hospice in Cork and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
The English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England from northern France, and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. It is about 560 km (350 miles) long. It is seen as an endurance test for swimmers inclined to test their abilities. The first person recorded swimming the Channel was Matthew Webb in 1875.
The average time taken to swim the Channel is thirteen hours.