News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Aug. 9, 2011: A 61-year-old woman attempting to swim from the Florida Straits from Cuba to the United States, ended her bid Monday.
Diana Nyad, an American swimmer, was attempting to become the first person to make the 165-kilometer crossing without the benefit of a shark cage.
Nyad said she was forced to end her attempt at the record-setting swim after 29 hours at sea due to a combination of factors including high winds. The swim was originally set to last an estimated 60 hours.
Nyad attempted the same swim in 1978 at the age of 28, but also ended that attempt due to high winds and rough seas.