Nyad Attempts Cuba to Florida Swim

    US swimmer Diana Nyad (R) gets ready to swim in a three-day non-stop journey from Havana to Florida at the Ernest Hemingway Nautical Club, in Havana on August 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)


    On her fourth attempt to swim the 103-mile stretch from Cuba to Florida, 64-year-old Diana Nyad was stung nine times by poisonous box jellyfish (including once on the tongue). So of course she’s trying again! But this time with a silicone face mask to protect her from stings. If she makes it, she’ll be the first to cross the Florida Straits without a shark cage, flippers, or wet suit. Updates on her blog report that although she’s feeling a little weak, she’s “doing well and her Voyager escort crew feeling upbeat; glad the storms didn’t materialize.” The swim is expected to take up to three days. She started out yesterday on what she says will be her fifth and final attempt.

    Read it at Diana Nyad Blog