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Looking back on Diana Nyad's swim

Looking back on Diana Nyad's swim

Originally Published: October 18, 2011
By Elaine Lafferty

It was four weeks ago that Diana Nyad began her third attempt to achieve a dangerous, record-breaking, gorgeous dream: a marathon open-water swim from Cuba to the shores of Florida.

I was one of 30 people on that expedition. We were aboard three escort boats that left Key West on Sept. 22 around 2 p.m. for the 15-hour trip to Havana. Diana and her chief handler, Bonnie Stoll, had flown over the day before. Our crew spent the day exploring Havana before Diana entered the sea just ...

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