(KEY WEST, Fla.) — Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad is two miles and a few hours away from completing what is set to become a record-breaking swim from Cuba to Key West that could end by early Monday afternoon.
Nyad has just two miles left to go before she reaches the shores of Key West, Fla. A successful arrival would make her the first person to ever swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
Just before reaching the two-mile mark, Nyad paused from her 50-hour swim and circled up the five boats carrying her support team members for a final chat before her approach to Key West, Fla. She told team members that she had abrasions in her mouth from her mask but wanted to say a few words, according to an update her team posted to her website.
“I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean,” Nyad said, treading water. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you. Some on the team are the most intimate friends of my life and some of you I’ve just met. But I’ll tell you something, you’re a special group. You pulled through; you are pros and have a great heart. So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”
Doctors travelling with Nyad during her swim reported Monday that the 64-year-old endurance swimmer was suffering from swollen lips and a swollen tongue, causing her speech to be slurred, but they had not yet intervened with the swim.
Nyad’s team said Monday morning that she may arrive on the shores of Florida as early as 2 p.m. Monday, earlier than originally expected. The 112-mile swim has stymied Nyad on four previous attempts, including three in the last four years.
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