Nyad finishes Cuba-to-Key West swim

Update: 2:50 p.m. ET: Diana Nyad spoke briefly to

the cheering crowd after reaching the beach Monday in Florida:

Update: 2:17 p.m. ET: A message from Nyad’s team

on behalf of the swimmer:

Update: 2 p.m. ET: A triumphant tweet at the end

of the journey:

Update: 1:56 p.m. ET: Nyad’s journey reaches a

successful ending. She has made it to the beach.

Update: 1:31 p.m. ET: Nyad is in nearing the beach

and a crowd is gathered to watch her arrival.

Update: 12:42 p.m. ET: Just a tweet from her crew

(they are handling her account, obviously) as they approach the

finish.

Update: 11:45 a.m. ET: Diana Nyad stops swimming

just long enough to tread water and thank her crew for coming along

on her epic quest to swim from Havana to Key West. About 2.5 miles

away from her destination, she gathered all five support boats and

delivered this message.

“I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. 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.”

“Thank you, all of you, thank you for your generosity.” (All

quotes and photos are from her blog)

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Update: 10:44 a.m. ET: Diana Nyad’s journey is in

the closing stretch, but the jellyfish remain a threat. In the

picture below, one of the divers accompanying her shows a large

moon jellyfish. The divers have also found a box jellyfish, though

it didn’t have any tentacles. Nyad continues to wear her jellyfish

suit and recently had “sting-stopper” re-applied to her face, hands

and feet. She’s just a few miles from her destination, with the

latest estimate placing her on shore sometime between 2-4 ET.

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Update: 9:32 a.m. ET: Nyad’s team says a doctor on

board reports that her tongue and lips are swollen and that both

doctors among the 35-person support group are concerned about her

airway, but haven’t intervened. Nyad was also told she’d have to

wear her jellyfish suit for another hour as she tries to complete

the last few miles to Key West. She stopped for her first feeding

since before midnight at 7:30 a.m., according to her blog.

Update: 8:44 a.m. ET: A photo posted from Diana

Nyad’s blog shows her continuing her approach to Key West as a

cruise ship gives her room to go for it. Incredible.

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And here she is, swimming between the kayaks pictured above.

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Update – 6:39 a.m. ET: Navigator John Bartlett

posted an

update on Nyad’s expected finish time and location on her

website.

Diana is on course to swim 112 statute miles. This is 35 more

miles than anyone has ever swam.

We’re expecting to cross reef marker 32 at 11 a.m.

Then we have 5 miles to Smather’s Beach in Key West, which is 1

1/3 miles east of White Street Pier.

Local knowledge from teammates tells us it is an ideal landing

spot for Diana.

We hope to make that landing between 4pm and 6pm

today.

Original story follows:

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is getting close to achieving her

dream of swimming from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Fla.

Oh yeah, she’s 64. And she’s trying to be the first person to do

it without a shark cage.

Nyad, who started the approximately 100-mile trek Saturday

morning, is now less than 10 miles from her goal and making good

time, according to a tweet from her representatives.

Nyad, who is trying for the fourth time in the last three years

to make the journey, has said this would be her final attempt.

She has a team of 35 helping her make the swim, including a

kayaker who keeps pace with her and a crew of divers to scout ahead

for sharks. She also has Voyager, a boat carrying the crew,

nearby.

Her navigator, John Bartlett, charts the course for Nyad to take

and the boat’s drivers stick to it. Bartlett also built a wooden

outrigger that drags a long piece of white sail material to mimic

the lines in a swimming pool.

Here’s a look at videos from her journey so far:

She’s in the home stretch now, time to root her on, though her

Twitter followers are already doing a good job of that.

Jennifer Beals is impressed.