A SWIMMER was airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulties in open water while taking part in an organised training session last week.
The man, in his 40s, had to be rescued from the mere in Ellesmere at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, April 22.
West Midlands Ambulance Service attended with a paramedic officer; paramedic in a rapid response car; community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended an incident involving a triathlon competitor reportedly in difficulty in the water.
“A man in his 40s was rescued from the water and found to be in respiratory arrest.”
He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, where he was kept overnight.
According to the website of Ellesmere-based training group TriSmart, the man was on a 500-metre swim but was struck by the cold temperature of the water, which was at around 11 degrees when the incident happened.
Nick Thomas, chairman of the TriSmart club in Ellesmere, said the man is from North Wales and was taking part in one of the group’s weekly open water swimming sessions when the incident happened.
He said: “He is okay now, he was in hospital overnight just for observation.
“He was near the side of the mere when it happened so he could be pulled out.
“He is not a member of the club, we have people come along to the arranged open water sessions to swim where we have the facilities and a safety boat on the water,” he added.