English Channel swimmer Nick Thomas dies during Enduroman attempt to cross to France


Swimmer Nick Thomas has died while trying to cross the English Channel.

The 45-year-old endurance athlete, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, had been swimming for around 16 hours when he got into difficulties, the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation told the BBC.

A tweet from Enduroman events paid tribute to Mr Thomas, stating: “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.”

Rescuers pulled him out of the water 10 miles from the coast of Calais and administered CPR, but he later died in hospital.

The veteran Ironman and Ultraman triathlete was crowned Enduroman “>19 in 2014, according to the Shropshire Star.

@ShropshireStar Really sad news, worked alongside Nick on various building projects last 20yrs a true professional. Thinking of his family

Freddie Iron, joint winner of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dare Wins, posted on Facebook: “Absolutely devastated to hear that “>19 Nick Thomas has tragically passed away on his solo channel swim attempt last night.

“A true Enduroman great, training partner and friend. He will be sorely missed and his loss will he massively felt in the Enduroman community.

“Thoughts are with his family. Keep swimming my friend…”

A Foreign Office spokesman told the BBC: “We are offering assistance to the family of a British national following his death in Calais, France.”

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