Diana Nyad defies jellyfish stings in Cuba-US swim bid

Posted: 09/28/2011 in all marine news

BBC News – 

Endurance athlete Diana Nyad is continuing her bid to swim 103 miles (166km) from Cuba to Florida – after stopping to receive medical treatment.

She was given treatment on a support vessel after being stung, apparently by a jellyfish, around her face and eyes.

The 62-year-old set out from the Cuban capital Havana at 18:00 local time (22:00 GMT) on Friday.

The Los Angeles woman is looking to break her own record for open-water swimming without a shark cage. 

Her first attempt at the swim, in August, was cut short by an 11-hour asthma attack.

“She’s back in,” her team posted on her website, adding that she re-entered the water at 12.20 local time (04:20 GMT) on Sunday. “She is accompanied by three shark divers and the swim has resumed,” they wrote.


Earlier, they had posted a message from the International Swim Federation saying that Ms Nyad could continue her record-breaking swim attempt if she had been removed from the water for medical treatment only – and not to rest.

They said that, at just before 20:00 local time, she had been stung “by some kind of presumed jellyfish… her face and eyes and the area around her eyes are affected”.

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