Sunday, July 22, 2012

Paraic Casey died one kilometre from finish of cross-channel swim

A swimmer who died on a 21-mile-long crossing of the English Channel had just one kilometre left to go when tragedy struck.

Paraic Casey, 45, from Co Cork, Ireland, had been swimming for more than 16 hours when he took ill just over half a mile off the coast of France early this morning.

Several attempts to resuscitate him at the scene were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

His heartbroken wife Riana today paid tribute to her husband whose biggest passion in life was swimming.

Mrs Casey said: 'Paraic was an amazing, healthy, tough, loving husband, friend, brother, uncle, son, nephew and cousin whose recent passion for swimming brought him to great places.

'I would like to thank everyone for their love and support.' Read More