Nyad, 62, abandons Cuba-to-U.S. swimMIAMI - Veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad reached dry land on Tuesday, although not the way she had hoped after giving up on her fourth and possibly final attempt to make the 103-mile swim from Cuba to the United States.
The 62-year-old American, who battled squalls, rough seas and jellyfish, had set out from Cuba on Saturday to cross the Florida Straits. Nyad spent more than 50 hours in the water.
If Nyad had completed the swim, she would have owned the world record for the longest unassisted open ocean swim, which means without a shark cage. Instead of a cage, equipment continuously emitting a mild electric field in the water kept sharks at bay during most of her swim.