Cross-channel swimmer dies on maiden attempt

July 23rd, 2012 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 23 (IANS) A 45-year-old swimmer had just one kilometre left to go when he died while attempting the 21-mile-long crossing of the English Channel for the first time ever.

Paraic Casey, 45, from Co Cork, Ireland, had been swimming for over 16 hours when he took ill just over half a mile off the coast of France early Monday.

Several attempts to resuscitate him at the scene were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead, the Daily Mail reported.

The support boat’s pilot, Paul Foreman, said he spent 90 minutes “pumping the man’s chest” trying to revive him.

His wife Riana paid tribute to her husband whose biggest passion in life was swimming.

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