Man dies during Great North Swim at Windermere

Great North Swim About 10,000 people are taking part in the three-day swimming event

A man has died and another man has been resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest at a swimming event in Cumbria.

A 46-year-old died while taking part in a one-mile event during the Great North Swim in Windermere on Saturday. The cause of death is not known.

On Sunday a man aged about 60 stopped breathing but was revived and airlifted to a hospital in Newcastle.

About 10,000 people have signed up for the three-day event which involves half-mile, one-mile and two-mile swims.

Before the Sunday event began, a one-minute's silence was held as a mark of respect to the man who died.

Police said the victim was a local man and there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

A spokesman said the alarm was raised by support staff, who travel alongside the swimmers in canoes.

'Tragic loss'

Many of the swimmers, who take part in groups of about 300 people, are amateurs raising money for charity.

"Nova International deeply regrets the tragic loss of life at the Great North Swim and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the individual concerned," a statement from event organisers Nova International said.

Speaking about the Sunday incident, a spokesman from the Great North Air Ambulance said: "The man had suffered a cardiac arrest, his heart was not beating and he was not breathing.

"The Pride of Cumbria helicopter responded to a call from the North West Ambulance Service and arrived at the scene.

"Doctors from the charity managed to resuscitate the patient and he was anaesthetised before being airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle."

His condition has been described as stable.

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