On Fifth Attempt, Nyad, 64 Completes Swim From Havana To Key West Without Shark Cage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Leave it to a New Yorker to attempt something remarkable — and not stop until the goal is achieved.

With her lips and tongue swollen, U.S. endurance swimmer and New York City native Diana Nyad completed her attempt to become the first person to swim the treacherous waters from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage on Monday.

Nyad told supporters on a Key West beach that they should never ever give up.

She looked dazed and sunburned and her lips were swollen. She arrived at the beach just before 2 p.m. Eastern time, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana on Saturday.

Nyad swam at an average pace of 2.2 mph as she culminated her life long quest, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.

She was taken by ambulance to a hospital after the swim but was released on Monday night and was reported to be in good health.

As she approached the beach, spectators surrounded her in the water, taking pictures and cheering her on. It was her fifth time attempting the swim.

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