Adverse currents forced an endurance swimmer to
abandon her attempt to swim the 166 kilometres from Cuba to Florida's
Key West, the British-born Australian said on her website Monday.
Jenny Palfrey, 49, gave up at the three-quarter distance after 40 hours in the water.
Palfrey, who hoped to become the first woman to cross the Florida Straits without a protective shark cage, was about 40 kilometres from Key West when she was hauled from the water.
Fellow Australian Susie Maroney crossed the Straits in 1997 at the age of 22 inside a shark cage.
American Diana Nyad, 62, has made three unsuccessful attempts.
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