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Man dies during Fannie Bay Swim Classic, Surf Life Saving community left reeling

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A man has died during the Top End’s only ocean swimming event.

The man in his 60’s appeared to be in distress while taking part in the Fannie Bay Swim Classic on Sunday.

Darwin Surf Life Saving Club president Ray Hall told the ABC, members swam out to assist him straight away.

"He was pulled out of the water very quickly by our surf lifesavers and he was getting high-quality CPR immediately in the boat and then brought to shore," he says.

"We're lifesavers, we're very well trained for these sorts of activities.

"He was getting fantastic help immediately.

"Unfortunately, our efforts didn't result in a positive outcome."

It is understood he died from a heart attack, with local clubs reeling over the loss of a much-loved member.

Peter Stewart was part of the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club committee.

His wife Sharon Stewart has taken to social media, thanking those who tried to save her husband.

“I would like to thank all those involved who tried to revive the love of my life, the person who completed me, the person who made my heart leap when he smiled at me,” Ms Stewart says.

(Photo: Generic viaDarwin Surf Life Saving Club Facebook, by Roy Anderson)