KCRW's Diana Nyad Ends Attempt At Cuba-Key West Swim
August 10, 2011 at 4:51 AM (PT)
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE noncommercial Triple A/News-Talk KCRW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES sports commentator DIANA NYAD's second attempt to to swim from CUBA to KEY WEST without a shark cage fell short TUESDAY morning, as the legendary long-distance swimmer had to abandon the attempt after about 30 hours in the water (roughly the halfway mark of the 60-hour, 103-mile swim). An asthma attack, shoulder pain, and powerful currents and winds brought NYAD's swim to an end, and she was taken onto an escort boat at 12:45a (ET) TUESDAY.
NYAD, 61, tried to make the swim in 1978 and had to abandon the attempt due to weather problems, swam 102 miles from BIMINI to FLORIDA without a shark cage; the CUBA-KEY WEST attempt would have been the first swim between the two points without a shark cage. KCRW chronicled NYAD's training for the feat at its website.