Patt Morrison for August 21, 2012

Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Christi Barli

Diana Nyad after being pulled from the water on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

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Diana Nyad in the Florida Straits on Monday.


After 41 hours, 45 minutes, and multiple jellyfish stings, 62-year-old long distance swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida has come to an end. Nyad faced lightning, wind, hypothermia and other challenges on her fourth attempt to complete the swim in nearly 35 years. She was reluctant to stop her effort to become the first person to become the first person to cross the Florida Straits without a shark cage.

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