After 4 failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad at last completed her daring 103-mile mission on Monday. The 64-year-old American took her first strokes after leaping from a seawall in Hemingway Marina in Havana on Saturday morning. More than 52 hours later she put her feet down in the sand of the Florida coast.
Nyad has attempted this very same feat 4 times over the past 30 years and is the first to complete the swim without the help of a shark cage and flippers. She wore a jellyfish protection suit and a mask to protect her tongue from jellyfish stings. In her last attempt, just over a year ago, Nyad only got halfway to Florida because of debilitating jellyfish stings and a lightning storm that pushed her off course.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of Hemingway Marina.