In her fourth attempt to make the Cuba-to-U.S. swim, 62-year-old long distance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled from Florida waters today after spending 60 hours in the water.
This is likely to be the final attempt Nyad will make to fulfill the dream of swimming the 103 miles between Cuba and Florida--a goal she had since she was 8 years old, according to her website. She dreamed of connecting the two societies through her swim.
Nyad had planned to land somewhere in the Florida Keys on Tuesday, a day ahead of her 63rd birthday on Wednesday, . However, it would have taken her another 28 to 40 hours to complete the crossing.
Exaustion was the main source for Nyad quitting her swim. According to her website, writer Steve Munatones, the editor in chief of the Daily News Open Water Swimming wrote that Nyad was also stung at least 9 times by box jellyfish.
Nyad's website also states that she will arrive on shore in Key West today, Tuesday, Aug. 21 at approximately 2 p.m. EDT to make a few remarks to the press.
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