|Diana Nyad ends swim. Photo: Christi Barli|
Nyad's longtime friend, Candace Hogan, reported:
Stroking longer and farther than in any of her four attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana called an end to it early this morning, one day before her 63rd birthday. It took Mother Nature’s biggest force—the weather—to get her out of the water (a second storm cell even larger than the first), but nature’s arsenal for her was out full force throughout her 41-hour endeavor (41 hours, 45 minutes in the water). She was stung by box jellyfish nine times on Monday night alone, with sharks surrounding her as a team of divers labored for hours in the darkness to discourage them away.