A man in his 40s has died after attempting to swim the English Channel.
The coastguard received a radio call from a support vessel because a cross channel swimmer was in difficulty at about 21:20 BST on Monday.
The search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd, which was training nearby, arrived on scene within 10 minutes and airlifted the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, but he later died.
The vessel had been in French waters, around 12 nautical miles from Dover.
His death is not being treated as suspicious, Kent Police said.
A support vessel in French waters called the coastguard for help when the swimmer got into difficulty at around 9.20pm last night.
A rescue helicopter which was training in nearby Lydd arrived within ten minutes. He was airlifted to hospital but later lost his fight for life.
Despite the desperate efforts of medics at William Harvey Hospital, the man was unable to be saved.
Police say a report is now being prepared for the corner.
The Channel Swimming Association confirmed the man was not swimming under their patronage but a spokeswoman said: “The thoughts and prayers of the board and members of the CSA are with the swimmer, their family and friends at this time.