Jellyfish End Cuba-to-Florida Swim Dream

Chloe McCardel ends marathon swim after 11 hours

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2013 6:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Australian woman had to cut short her Cuba-to-Florida swim attempt yesterday after jellyfish put an end to her effort, reports Australia's ABC. Chloe McCardel, who would have been the first person to swim the 103-mile distance without a shark cage, called it quits after 11 hours and multiple jellyfish stings—which often end swimmers' attempts at the feat. McCardel will now consider whether to reattempt the swim she called "the hardest in the world today," the BBC reports. Her husband says they will revisit how to deal with jellyfish, but cost is a factor. "It's in the realms of $200,000 in order to be able to mount one of these challenges."

Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel waves to spectators as she begins her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel prepares to begin her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel prepares to jump into the water at Hemingway Marina to start her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)
Chloe McCardel puts on her goggles as she prepares to start her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Chloe McCardel flashes a thumbs up at people gathered to watch her begin her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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