In pictures: Diana Nyad's epic swim from Cuba to US
September 3, 2013
“I have to say, I’m a little bit out of it right now,” Ms Nyad said. She gestured toward her swollen lips, and simply said “seawater” Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Bureau / AFP Phtot
Looking dazed and sunburned, US endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore yesterday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. J Pat Carter / AP Photo
Ms Nyad, 64, swam up to the beach just before 2pm EDT (9pm UAE), about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. J Pat Carter / AP Photo
It was Ms Nyad’s fifth attempt and what she had said would be her last try to complete the approximately 180-kilometre swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her first attempt was in 1978. Florida Keys Bureau, Andy Newman / AP Photo
“I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team,” she said on the beach. Andrew Innerarity / Reuters
Ms Nyad’s previous try was cut short amid boat trouble, storms, unfavourable currents and jellyfish stings that left her face puffy and swollen. This time, she wore a full bodysuit, gloves, boots and a mask at night, when jellyfish rise to the surface. ???