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Monday September 2, 2013

Goal in Sight: Diana Nyad 10 Miles from Coast in Her Cuba-to-Florida Attempt

Goal in Sight: Diana Nyad 10 Miles from Coast in Her Cuba-to-Florida Attempt

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The fifth time might be the charm for long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.

The 64-year-old swimmer is getting closer to her goal of swimming the 103 miles that separate the coasts of Cuba and Florida.  Her support team tweeted that she is less than 10 miles away from Florida after swimming for 43 hours non-stop.

This is her fifth attempt with her first try in 1978; her fourth attempt in the last three years.

She set off on her record-breaking attempt on Saturday from Havana with a team of 39 that include doctors and professional divers.  Nyad has unsuccessfully tried swimming the Florida Straits with Mother Nature making it difficult.  She has been challenged with everything from adverse weather to an asthma attack to jellyfish stings.

Her navigator posted “Diana is on course to swim 112 statue miles.  This is 35 more miles than anyone has ever swam.”  Her team announced she is expected to arrive at the Florida coast at Key West between 4 pm to 6 pm local time.

Nyad current crossing attempt has not been without challenges.  Reportedly she has become nauseous from sea salt and team doctor, Dr. Kot, reports that her tongue and lips are swollen causing her speech to be slurred.