Swimmer abandons effort to conquer Florida Straits

A 62-year-old woman who was trying to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage has abandoned her effort.

Veteran U.S. long distance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled from the water Tuesday, after battling jellyfish stings and a storm that forced her off course. Her crew says she was about half-way through the 166-kilometer (103-mile) swim.

Ms. Nyad set out from Havana Saturday in her fourth bid to swim across the Straits of Florida. She had hoped to arrive in Florida Tuesday, a day before turning 63.

Ms. Nyad had been using a special device that pulses a mild electrical current to help keep sharks at bay.

She attempted the same swimming feat last year, but was forced to abandon her trip after painful jelly fish stings.

Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Nyad walked ashore to the cheer of her supporters at the White Street Pier in Key West. Supporters noted that she swam longer and farther toward Florida from Cuba than she did when she was 28.

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