Diana Nyad Becomes 1st To Swim To Florida From Cuba Without Cage

Diana Nyad becomes 1st to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage

Diana Nyad, 64, has become the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

She reached the Key West, Florida, shore about 53 hours after starting her swim in Havana on Saturday.

This was Nyad’s fifth attempt to complete the trip.

She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. She had also tried in 1978.

Her last attempt was cut short amid boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents and jellyfish stings that left her face puffy and swollen.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Diana Nyad, positioned about two miles off Key West, Fla., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, is escorted by kayakers as she swims towards the completion of her approximately 110-mile trek from Cuba to the Florida Keys. (Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman / AP Photo)