British accountant Susan Taylor, who was in her 30s, died while attempting a charity swim in the English Channel. (Facebook)

A woman from Leicester, England, has died while trying to swim the English Channel as part of a charity drive, British officials said today.

Susan Taylor died Sunday evening during a cross-Channel attempt when she got into trouble near the French coast.

A Facebook page set up to promote her swim for a hospice charity and a diabetes charity said she collapsed in the water and was airlifted to a French hospital where she died.

The foreign office confirmed the death Monday.

British officials say they are in touch with the woman's family and are providing assistance. She was reported to be in her 30s.

A Facebook post from her family that has drawn dozens of comments of condolences thanked supporters of Taylor's swim, and asked for the family's privacy. It also asked that people continue to donate to her Facebook fundraising page.


With files from CBC News