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Great North Swim Challenger Dies Taking Part
A 52-year-old man has died after taking part in the Great North Swim in Windermere.
He was taken to hospital by air ambulance because of a "medical emergency", Cumbria police said.
Officers attending the event were alerted to the incident on Friday afternoon.
The man, who has not been named, was from Wallington, south London, police said.
The event's organiser, Nova International, released a statement, expressing its condolences.
It said: "Nova International deeply regrets the tragic loss of life at the Great North Swim today and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the individual concerned.
"In the case of a fatality there is a strictly planned procedure that we adhere to with the professional organisations.
"We must ensure that the next of kin are informed before any further comment is made but we will provide an update as soon as we are in a position to do so."
The Great Swim Series is staged in lakes, lochs and docklands across the country, its website says.
The Great North Swim was being staged this weekend and consists of various courses of between a half-mile and 3.1 miles.