The AP is reporting that Diana Nyad, the 62-year-old endurance swimmer, has given up her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. The cause? Painful man o’ war stings, which medics warned her could be life-threatening.
Nyad was about halfway through her swim, about 49 miles out of the 103-mile passage of the treacherous Florida Straits, the AP says. Nyad had attempted the same swim last month, but had to quit after a serious asthma attack made it difficult to breathe.