September 2, 2013
Diana Nyad, positioned about than two miles off Key West, Florida is escorted by kayakers as she swims towards the completion of her 111-mile trek from Cuba to the Florida Keys. (REUTERS/Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout)
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American 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad on Monday became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba without a shark cage, succeeding on her fifth attempt at the feat.