US swimmer Diana Nyad completes Cuba-Florida swim without shark cage

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Great. now that they know it's possible, expect hundreds of Scarfaces to show up soon.

I like how Walter "Chip" Poenisch claims he already did it long ago, with no proof.

US swimmer Diana Nyad completes Cuba-Florida swim without shark cage
Published September 02, 2013
FoxNews.com

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim the treacherous waters from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on Monday, arriving in Key West two days after starting her 110-mile trek.

Nyad, 64, unsuccessfully tried to swim the Florida Strait four times, mostly recently in 2012. The New York City native’s latest journey began Saturday morning when she jumped from the seawall of the Hemingway Marina into the warm waters off Havana. As she closed in on the Key West shores, a couple of hundred people gathered on the beach to watch her make the final leg of the swim.

"I am about to swim my last 2 miles in the ocean," Nyad told her 35-member team from the water, according to her website. "This is a lifelong dream of mine and I'm very, very glad to be with you."

Nyad told supporters a silicone mask she wore to protect her face from jellyfish stings caused bruises inside her mouth, making it difficult for her to speak. Doctors traveling with Nyad had been worried about her slurred speech and her breathing, but they didn't intervene, according to Nyad's website.

Nyad’s previous failed attempt ended amid boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents and jellyfish stings that left her face significantly swollen. In her latest attempt, Nyad wore a full bodysuit, gloves, booties and a mask at night, when jellyfish rise to the surface. Before the swim, she said the kit would slow her down, but Nyad believed it would be effective.

"I admit there's an ego rush," Nyad said before the swim began. "If I — three days from now, four days from now — am still somehow bringing the arms up and I see the shore ... I am going to have a feeling that no one yet on this planet has ever had."

Australian Susie Maroney successfully swam the Strait in 1997 with a shark cage, which besides protection from the predators, has a drafting effect that pulls a swimmer along.

In 2012, Australian Penny Palfrey swam 79 miles toward Florida without a cage before strong currents forced her to abandon the attempt. This June, her countrywoman Chloe McCardel made it 11 hours and 14 miles before jellyfish stings ended her bid.

In 1978, Walter Poenisch, an Ohio baker, claimed to have made the swim using flippers and a snorkel. Critics say there was insufficient independent documentation to verify his claim.

Nyad first rose to national prominence in 1975 when she swam the 28 miles around the island of Manhattan in just under eight hours. Four years later, Nyad swam the 102 miles from North Bimini, Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Fla., in 27.5 hours.

Nyad is also an author of three books, a motivational speaker and has been a reporter and commentator for NPR.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/0...-after-1st-night-cuba-florida-swim-jellyfish/
 

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Wellp, time to get drunk and give this one a try. I'll let you know how it goes...
 

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I made it almost all the way down to the water but I burned my toes on the sand and called it quits...
 

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Although I congratulate her on the accomplishment, I would've loved to have seen her get eaten by a shark.
 

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Although I congratulate her on the accomplishment, I would've loved to have seen her get eaten by a shark.
Yeah, 30 yards from the beach at the finish.
 
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A customs employee should have met her at the beach and asked for her passport.
 
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She didn't use a shark cage, but has it been confirmed that she didn't use a '73 Oldsmobile converted into a raft at any point?
 

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A customs employee should have met her at the beach and asked for her passport.
It would have been awesome if the Coast Guard had fended her off from touching shore like they used to do with those fucking overloaded immigrant boats.
 

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The amount of "I don't give a fuck" I feel for this ugly, old bitch and her accomplishment is staggering. I hope she gets raped by a dolphin.
 

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Shocker, she's a lezbo......Her wife must be used to her box smelling like low tide!!!!! and LOVE IT!!!
 

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Shocker, she's a lezbo......Her wife must be used to her box smelling like low tide!!!!! and LOVE IT!!!
I was just going to ask that @Hudson ; thanks for the knowledge. I was pretty sure she was a non-lipstick lesbian, but thanks for the confirmation.
 

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I was just going to ask that @Hudson ; thanks for the knowledge. I was pretty sure she was a non-lipstick lesbian, but thanks for the confirmation.
She's been out for years.
She spoke at a coach's convention I was at years ago..she's a really good motivational speaker.

Raw footage.... the rules are that you cannot have physical contact with anyone until you walk on dry land...... If I was doing this got this close, and one of these assholes touched me...There would be one less fucking asshole in the world.
 

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She's been out for years.
She spoke at a coach's convention I was at years ago..she's a really good motivational speaker.
She looks way too much like a Lifeguard Captain I had & hated my first summer as a beach lifeguard when I was 16 or 17, so I've unsuccessfully tried to avoid this event...

Good for her! I've swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco seven times, but who am I to brag; I didn't have a cool jellyfish mask like her...
 

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I had no idea this happened, but it's made it's way onto all the sports shows, so now I know.

Who cares...

But answer me this about all the "OMG! SHE DIDN'T USE A SHARK CAGE!" talk. I know nothing about sharks, but do they go for something like this?
It seems like "Too much going on" for a shark to come around. But again, I know nothing about Sharks. Maybe they love the media
 

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I think the shark cage drags through the water and sorta smooths it out and pulls some of it along with the cage, making it easier for the swimmer. In the open water every little wave and current hits you, in the cage you get a gentler ride.