This is endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, not long after she was pulled from the waters between Florida and Cuba Tuesday morning.
Steve Munatones, Nyad’s official observer, was part of the team that made the call to her pull her out. “The dangers were so great that we couldn’t risk anyone’s life, including her own,” he said.
Here’s Nyad on Aug. 18, the day she began her swim in Havana, Cuba.
She was aiming to be the first person to make the 103-mile journey without a shark cage, long rest breaks, or any physical contact from another person. It was her fourth attempt.
On her first night, she had to break after being stung by a jellyfish.
As she swam over the next two days, Nyad used this underwater strip as a swimming lane to keep her on track. But as storms rolled over her, it became difficult to stay the course.
Finally, at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, she was forced to end her journey. She had traveled 55 miles, just past the swim’s halfway mark.
Her goal was to make it to Florida on Aug. 22 — her 63rd birthday.