Diana Nyad quits Cuba to US swim after storm and jellyfish stings


Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s fourth attempt to swim across the Straits of Florida ended Tuesday morning after severe jellyfish stings and a lightning storm put her off course, her team said. She had been in the water for 60 hours and was about halfway through her swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad was stung by jellyfish overnight, and a major lightning storm put anyone in the water in extreme danger, said Mark Sollinger, Nyad’s operations chief. He said the 62-year-old exhausted swimmer was pulled out as the dangers mounted. “With all the threats continuing, Diana decided that it was not a risk that we wanted to take,” Sollinger said. Read more here on CNN

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