Channel swimmer Susan Taylor’s coach describes shocking tragedy

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Read for instance The Mirror

Susan’s husband Stephen, 43, desperately tried to save his wife as she struggled in the cold water.

Her paramedic brother Dave, 40, was among those who battled in vain to revive her before she was airlifted to hospital by a French navy helicopter.

Despite efforts to save her, Susan was pronounced dead at 7pm on Sunday evening near Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Today, as her charity fund topped the £60,000 mark in her memory, coach Paul gave the first eyewitness account of what happened.

He recalled: “As we came to the point where she was only approximately one mile from the shore, Susan hit ‘the wall’.

“She had vomited several times due to a reaction to salt water and fatigue and was given the opportunity to change her stroke, which she did.

“She swam some of the best breast stroke I had ever seen her swim, for about 10 or 12 strokes.

“It was then that she stopped and complained that she couldn’t move her legs.

“Somewhere in the region of one or two minutes later, she collapsed.”

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