Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The journey began 35 years ago, and it ended today.
Diana Nyad, 64, completed the 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without any protective equipment or flippers.
Nyad has attempted the swim five times over the course of several decades.
In 1997, Australian Susie Maroney completed the swim from within a shark cage.
Nyad's crew reported that around 7:30 a.m. her speech had become slurred because of a swollen tongue. She had paused so that team members could apply “sting stopper,” a substance used to ward off jellyfish, CNN reported.
Jellyfish have thwarted Nyad’s past attempts so, in addition to the sting stopper, divers went ahead to collect the sea creatures that could be in her path.
She is also wearing a suit that shields her from jellyfish stings and a mask to keep them from stinging her tongue, which was a key factor in ending her 2012 attempt.
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