On her fifth attempt, the 64-year-old completed the 110-mile swim to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. It would take 3 days but the long distance swimmer achieved her lifelong dream of swimming the Florida Strait.
Kayaks cleared her path of the dangerous Box Jellyfish that cut her last effort short. Hundreds gathered on the shores in Key West as Diana hobbled onto the shore and walked unassisted into the record books.
Nyad is prepped before her fifth attempt. Her last swim was cut short amid toxic stings from box jellyfish.
A handler feeds Nyad bites of a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread.
Diana Nyad drinks from a tube hooked to a CamelBak hydration pack to get fresh water.
After 43 hours the lights of Key West appear on the horizon, “This moment gave me strength.”
Two miles out Diana is encouraged to swim on by her team.