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Tuesday
Aug212012

Diana Nyad Pulled from Water, Ending Historic Swim

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled from the water Tuesday morning ending her historic Cuba-to-Florida swim.

Nyad was attempting to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.  Her 63rd birthday is Wednesday.

Support crews pulled Nyad out of the water as they gave a phone interview to ABC's Good Morning America.

"We pulled her out of the water," Steve Munatones told ABC's Robin Roberts.  "The dangers were so great that we couldn't risk anyone's life, including her own."

Munatones was the official observer of the swim and the editor in chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.

It was Nyad's fourth attempt to complete the swim.

Support crews monitoring Nyad told GMA that Nyad had severe sun burn, a strained bicep muscle and could barely walk.  Nyad and her crew are on their way to Florida's Oceanside Marina in Stock Island, Key West, so she can receive medical care for non life-threatening injuries.

Nyad's lips and tongue had become increasingly swollen overnight, puffing up because of salt water.  Members of her support crew of 63, which included multiple boats, had slathered her face and full-body wetsuit with black-tinted lanolin to keep the jellyfish and the cold at bay.

Team members said she had been struck at least four times by jellyfish during her voyage.  Jellyfish stings cut short her attempt to make the crossing last year.  

This was Nyad's third attempt to complete the swim in less than a year.  Nyad was not allowed to touch or be touched by any of the support crews or vessels.

Nyad began the arduous journey late Saturday night.  At a pace of 50 strokes a minute, the journey was expected to take 60 hours.  A squall with winds of 14 knots hit the flotilla Sunday and stayed "nearly stationary over" Nyad, forcing her to move northwest in order to try to find a way out of the storm.

She ended her last attempt in September 2011 after more than 40 hours, 67 nautical miles of swimming, and two Portuguese man o' war stings.

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Monday
Aug202012

Swimmer Hits Storm on Swim from Cuba to Florida

File photo. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)(MIAMI) -- As Diana Nyad, 62, continued her attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, "all hell broke loose" Sunday evening, according to her team's blog.

A little after 8 p.m. ET Sunday, a squall with winds of 14 knots hit the flotilla and stayed "nearly stationary over" Nyad, forcing her to move northwest in order to try to find a way out of the storm.

"Big thunderstorm came out of nowhere last night, but good news is there were no signs of jellyfish," Nyad's team tweeted this morning.

Despite a bodysuit designed to give her protection from jellyfish, Nyad has already been stung at least four times as she attempts to complete the 103-mile swim from Havana to the Florida Keys.

After a stormy night, Nyad's team blogged this morning that conditions are spectacular.

"Seas are calm and Diana is swimming strong at 50 strokes per minute and has swum 33.81 statute miles," Angie Sollinger, part of Nyad's media team, wrote. "There have been no jellyfish sightings our experts report. Beautiful out!"

Nyad jumped into the water late Saturday night. At a pace of 50 strokes a minute, the journey should take about 60 hours. If she succeeds, her team says, she will finish on Tuesday or Wednesday.

It is Nyad's third attempt to complete the swim in less than a year. If she finishes on Wednesday, it will be her 63rd birthday.

Nyad ended her last attempt in September 2011 after more than 40 hours, 67 nautical miles of swimming, and two Portuguese Man-of-War stings.

"The medical team said I should not go another two nights in the water and risk additional likely Man-of-War stings which could have a long term cumulative effect on my body. But for each of us, isn't life about determining your own finish line? This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues," Nyad called out to her flotilla of four escort boats from the water, according to her website at the time.

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Sunday
Sep252011

Nyad Ends Swim From Cuba to Florida After Two Man-of-War Stings

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Diana Nyad ended her swim from Cuba to Florida Sunday morning after more than 40 hours and 67 nautical miles of swimming, and two Portuguese Man-of-War stings.

The 62-year-old endurance swimmer from Los Angeles began the 60-hour journey for the second time Friday night, after failing to reach her goal in August.

"The medical team said I should not go another two nights in the water and risk additional likely Man-of-War stings which could have a long term cumulative effect on my body. But for each of us, isn't life about determining your own finish line? This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues," Nyad called out to her flotilla of four escort boats from the water, according to her website.

Nyad's assistants had been updating the public of the swimmer's progress on her twitter account and website.

"Diana was stung along both arms the side of her body and her face," chief handler Bonnie Stoll said in a message posted on her Twitter account on Saturday. "At 9:40 Diana is still aboard Voyager and being treated by two physicians. At this moment it appears that Diana wishes to continue."

After changing suits and rehydrating, Nyad continued her journey.

Steve Munatones, the independent observer for the International Swim Federation who accompanied the expedition, noted that Portuguese Man-of-War stings have doomed many marathon swimmers, according to Nyad's website.

Before beginning the swim, Nyad said, "I'm prepared and even saying that though, how many times do you get to do something of this big an adventure? You know, how many times do you get to feel this alive? This awake and alive?"

An asthma attack ended her attempt last month after 29 hours in the water. She was 15 miles off-course due to strong currents, according to Tweets on her page at the time.

Nyad hoped to break her own world record for open-water swimming without a shark cage.

If she had completed the swim, she would have broken her 1979 record, when she swam 102.5 miles from the Bahamas to Florida.

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