Swimmer Diana Nyad has tried five times in 35 years to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
Today, on her fifth try, she was successful (video below).
Nyad, 64, reached Key West, Florida this afternoon after being in the ocean for 52 hours. She was able to walk on the beach a short ways after swimming 110 miles. noted The Guardian.
Earlier today, Nyad told her team: “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.”
Susie Maroney swam the same route in 1997, but with a shark cage to protect her.
Nyad started her trek on Saturday morning by jumping into the water in Cuba and yelling: “Courage!”
She paused every 40 minutes to be fed nutrition gels and water through a tube.
Nyad wore a specially-designed jellyfish suit, a special cream on her face and her team helped steer her safely through non-jellyfish waters.