Nyad About Halfway Through Epic Swim

Could arrive in Florida tomorrow
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2012 6:58 AM CDT
Nyad About Halfway Through Epic Swim
In this photo provided by Diana Nyad via the Florida Keys News Bureau, Nyad swims in the Florida Straits between Cuba and the Florida Keys Sunday, Aug. 19, escorted by support personnel in kayaks.   (AP Photo/Diana Nyad via the Florida Keys News Bureau, Christi Barli)

Diana Nyad was about halfway through her swim from Cuba to Florida this morning, as her team attempted to get her through a storm. The 62-year-old is safe and still feels good, they say, and yesterday was "awesome" despite the fact that she suffered several jellyfish stings, her operations chief blogged last night. He added that as she swims, Nyad has been accompanied by the music of the Black Eyed Peas coming from the watercraft accompanying her.

The 103-mile swim across the Straits of Florida is expected to take Nyad at least 60 hours, meaning that—if all goes according to plan—she will arrive in the Florida Keys tomorrow; as of early this morning, she had been swimming for 34 hours. If that happens, Nyad will become the first person to make the swim unassisted and without a shark cage. Her crew keeps the sharks away via a faint electric field generated by a device that the kayaks escorting her carry. She also has handlers ready to jump in and distract sharks if necessary, the AP reports. (More Diana Nyad stories.)

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