English Channel Death

Douglas Waymark

A local man has died during an attempt to swim the English Channel as part of a gruelling triathlon.

Douglas Waymark, 44 from Cheltenham, got into difficulty about half way across, 12 nautical miles from Dover. The coastguard received a radio call from a support vessel at about 21:20 BST on Monday. A search and rescue helicopter arrived within 10 minutes and airlifted the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, but he later died. The endurance athlete had been taking part in the Enduroman arch to arc triathlon. The challenge aims to connects London and Paris by running, swimming and cycling. Paying tribute on its website, Enduroman said: “Our friend Douglas Waymark sadly passed away swimming to France during stage two of his Solo Arch to Arc. “He touched our hearts with his strength, organisation and quiet humour.