A swimmer, who died attempting to swim across the English Channel, has been named as Douglas Waymark.
Douglas Waymark, 44, who had previously reached the summit of Mount Everest, was airlifted to hospital after he passed out during the second leg of Enduroman Arch to Arc challenge.
Organisers of Enduroman have paid tribute to the athlete. "All of us who are part of the Enduroman family are consoling ourselves with the thought that you died doing what you lived for...". Nick Thomas, 45, from Shropshire, died past year.
Last night he felt he could no longer continue his quest and swam to the boat supporting him.
Announcing his death on her Facebook page, she said: 'For all those following the recent updates, Douglas Waymark, has not completed his Channel swim. At around midnight, he sadly died.
Graham Fletcher, chairman of the Almost Athletes running club said they will be holding a minutes applause to remember Mr Waymark.
"It's a sad, sad day because we have lost such a great guy".
A support vessel in French waters called the coastguard for help when the swimmer got into difficulty at around 9.20pm last night.
A search and rescue helicopter managed to arrive within 10 minutes and airlift the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
The endurance athlete had been taking part in the arch to arc triathlon.
The Channel Swimming Association said that the man was not crossing the Channel under their patronage.
"It happened suddenly, there was no opportunity to persuade him to come out of the water".
"He knew that, he knew the dangers, but he was doing what he absolutely loved".
The event, described as "extreme", sees participants run, swim and cycle the route from Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Emergency services were alerted on Monday night (7 August) when the man "became unwell" halfway across the Channel, around 12 miles from Dover.
He was a loyal and hilarious friend with a massive friendship group ... he is deeply missed by all who knew him as well as those who have only heard of him.