Father dies swimming the Channel just a mile from the shore

first_imgA British cross-channel swimmer has died just a mile short of reaching France.Nick Thomas, 45, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, was pulled unconscious from the water as he neared the end of the 21-mile endurance swim.Mr Thomas, who did not wear a wetsuit, had previously completed Ironman events and had already swum the Channel successfully in 2014.  Thank @lynncette [email protected] for my dory towel and lucky Peebles , very kind of you both #justkeepswimming pic.twitter.com/mGM1Ng8wAW— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) July 18, 2016 Enduroman Ultra Events, which was tweeting his solo progress since leaving the UK early on Saturday, wrote: “Our friend Nick Thomas left us whilst doing what he loved – he just kept going.”He’ll always be a part of what we do and who we are.” …From thereon we’ll be hoping to move toward shore across the tide. There’s a lot to do before then. Nick’s swimming well & is very strong— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 The Enduroman event combines running, cycling and swimming. It begins with an 87-mile run from London to Dover, followed by swimming the English Channel and is supposed to end with a bike ride to Paris. The organisation raised the alarm on their Twitter feed on Saturday night, posting: “Nick Thomas is being treated at Calais hospital after passing out in the water. Please wait for an update.”A previous message had said: “Flood tide is strong pulling us toward Blanc Nez, hopefully some chance to land near there. Tough going for Nick.”A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are offering assistance to the family of a British national following his death in Calais, France.” 1807. @trismartnick pulls onward ever closer to France. Where & when still uncertain. The NE wind held up the tide.. pic.twitter.com/kWiFdQibIM— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 Morning dip , just ticking over awaiting judgement day , pic.twitter.com/mZwKDOoXUw— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) August 4, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. …ZC2 marks edge of the NE shipping lane to French inshore waters. The further inside that the better when the flood tide comes through…— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 A spokesman for the governing body, the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, confirmed a man had died.He said: “A swimmer was taken from the water less than a mile from the finish in France.”There was an extremely experienced support team on board the support vessel. He was given CPR and taken to Calais where he was sadly pronounced dead.”It is an extreme sport, we know the risks. He was doing what he loved doing. Our thoughts are with his family.” His wife paid tribute to him online, writing: “Can’t believe I am not going to see you again. Loved always xx.” The Sun reported that his son Ashley said: “You’ll never be forgotten”. On his Twitter profile he described himself as an “Endurance athlete, iron & ultraman triathlon for many years”.One of his last posts on the social media site was earlier in August before he went for a swim.last_img


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