Diana Nyad Update: Another attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida starts (Video)

By on Sep 24, 2011 in Amazing, Sports, United States Comments

Diana Nyad
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Diana Nyad, an American long-distance swimmer noted for her world record endurance championships, is making another attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after failing to reach her goal in August, as announced by several international news sites, September 24, 2011.

According to reports, Diana Nyad, the 62-year-old endurance swimmer from Los Angeles set out Friday evening on her second attempt to transverse the 103 miles (166 kilometers) of sea between Cuba and Florida.

If Diana Nyad succeeds, she would apparently set a new record for open-water swimming without a shark cage. As reported, she already hold a world record for distance swimming over open water by swimming 102 miles from Bahamas to Florida in 1979.

Assistants were seen smearing grease on her shoulders just before she set off from Hemingway Marina to prevent chafing during the planned 60-hour journey. Reports similarly attest that her support team, vowing to give everything for her lifelong dream, blew horn from waiting boats as she pumped her fists in the air.

Recent updates reveal that Diana Nyad recovered from the multiple Portuguese Man O’ War stings.

“Diana has been stung by what we believe is a moon jelly. She is trying to clear herself of tentacles and continue the swim,” a Twitter message posted through her official website.

Diana Nyad’s New Attempt at Cuba-Florida Swim
Video Credit: Associated Press/YouTube

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