Colin Pringle named as man who died in Great North Swim

Windermere Image copyright Dennis Powell
Image caption Windermere is one of a number of open water swimming venues

A man who died after taking part in the Great North Swim on Windermere in the Lake District, has been named.

Colin Pringle, 52, became ill in the water while taking part in the event's two-mile swim on Friday afternoon.

Mr Pringle, from Wallington, south London, was airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, but died later.

The Great Swim Series is the UK's biggest exhibition of open water swimming and is staged in lakes, lochs and docklands.

Cumbria Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.

A spokesman for event organiser Nova International said: "Colin was attended to immediately by accident and emergency medical staff and transferred by the Great North Air Ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary.

"Sadly despite the best efforts of the medical professionals he later died."

He added: "Colin's family would like to express their gratitude to the medical teams who tried to save him and for the messages of goodwill and sympathy they have received.

"They have now asked to be allowed to come to terms with their loss in private."

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