Jellyfish Stings Force Nyad To Quit Cuba To Keys Swim

KEY WEST (CBS4/AP) – Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad arrived in Key West late Sunday night, following a third unsuccessful attempt to to swim from Havana, Cuba, to the Florida Keys after being pulled from the water late Sunday morning because of multiple painful stings from Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish.

According to team member Vanessa Linsley, Nyad was 54 statute miles southeast of Key West and had been swimming for more than 40 hours when she ended the marathon attempt. The entire crossing had been estimated to take approximately 60 hours.

Nyad stopped after medical experts warned her against spending more nights in the water and risking additional stings that could prove serious.

She had hoped to land in Islamorada, about 160 miles as the crow flies from Havana.

Nyad showed the stings to supporters and people who greeted her. On Saturday, she was pulled from the water for medical care, but subsequently was able to continue her swim.

“I pictured it, I really pictured it and I knew I could do it,” she cried after returning to Key West,” she said. “I wanted that feeling to be on the beach (in the Keys) so badly and it’s just not going to happen.”

Nyad’s current attempt came less then seven weeks after she aborted her second Cuba-to-Key-West try because of shoulder pain and a debilitating in-water asthma attack.

In 1978, Nyad first attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida. After being in the water for 41 hours and 49 minutes then, she had to quit because of strong currents and rough weather.

Even if Nyad was successful, she would not have been the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West. Australian swimmer Susie Maroney accomplished that in 1997.

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  • Chet

    The last time I swam in the ocean was 22 years ago, I swam into a school of those things & my god that was painful-NEVER AGAIN !!!!!!!!!

  • Iamillerate

    No, CBS is legendary for typos. Just look at the anchors on CBS 4 for example. They gafaw after they read each news story. I won’t mention the reporters names because they all make nonsensical comments. Practically no one can read or write English in Miami anymore, so typos don’t really matter.

    • Really?

      Did you mean guffaw? And you’re criticizing others? What’s your excuse?

  • anton82367

    Viva Castro!!!!

  • juan

    No one likes or wants to speak english in miami dade or broward! Every one here is anti america anti english anti black people anti white people anti american culture… Miami dade and broward counties Certified Third even Fourth world countrys!

    • Me

      I agree and it’s sad. Thank wet foot, dry foot.

  • Jimbo99

    She tries it a 4th time and somebody should hold her for psychiatric evaluation ?

  • Red English

    Hey chiefee, man o war in water, you in water, mano war breeding in September every year, year in year out, you try swimming in water chiefee, you get stung all up chiefee, maybe you need to retire your dumb butt chiefee.
    My kids call people like this five minutes, as in “Is she getting her five minutes of fame”

  • Jay

    Go again, next week. Cuba welcomes big spenders……………………

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