Woman, 61, Attempts Cage-Free Swim From Cuba to Florida

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Diana Nyad isn’t your typical 61 year old. While many her age are planning a relaxing retirement in Florida, Nyad is planning to swim there. Starting at sunset last night, she took her first plunge and began her 103-mile journey. “When I walk up on those shores of Florida, I want to prove to the AARP crowd that it’s not too late to go back and write that book or adopt that child,” she told CNN before the start of her record-setting journey. In order to set the record, she isn’t allowed to wear a wetsuit, touch a boat, or swim with a shark cage. Nyad is no stranger to the water, she set a record in 1979 when she swam from the Bahamas to Florida. This is her second attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida. During her first time, severe currents forced her to abadmon the attempt. Her current swim is expected to take 60 hours to complete. [USAToday]

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