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Diana Nyad abandons marathon swim

Updated: August 21, 2012, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

KEY WEST, Fla. -- Diana Nyad ended her fourth attempt to swim across the Straits of Florida on Tuesday, her decades-old dream thwarted, more than anything else, by jellyfish.

Storms brewing around her and repeated jellyfish stings forced her out of the water at 12:55 a.m., her crew said. She traveled by boat close to a rocky shoreline in Key West on Tuesday afternoon, just over 72 hours after setting out from Cuba. She made a final short swim to a waiting crowd.

"I've been dreaming ...

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