Nyad, 62, Attempts Marathon Swim Again

She sets out from Cuba for Florida
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2011 8:58 AM CDT
Diana Nyad, 62, Again Attempts Marathon Swim From Cuba to Florida
Diana Nyad begins her swim from Cuba to Florida at the Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba, Friday.   (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

62-year-old Diana Nyad is once again trying to swim from Cuba to Florida. She set out yesterday, a month after she had to abandon her previous attempt in part because of a severe asthma attack, reports AP. This time around, the jelly fish are out to get her. "Diana has been stung by what we believe is a moon jelly," an assistant tweeted. "She is trying to clear herself of tentacles and continue the swim."

She managed to do so and was about 25 miles from Cuba as of 9am EDT. If all goes well, she will arrive in Florida Monday morning—probably 15 pounds lighter. Nyad's 103-mile swim would set the mark for open-water swimming outside of a shark cage. The previous record-holder? The same Diana Nyad, who swam 102.5 miles from the Bahamas to Florida in 1979. Follow updates on her Twitter feed here. (Read more Diana Nyad stories.)

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