Diana Nyad ends historic swim halfway through due to strong winds and currents

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KCRW’s Diana Nyad, the 61-year-old champion swimmer making her second attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, has officially ended her quest about halfway through, after nearly 30 hours in the water. CNN is reporting that Nyad was vomiting when she was brought aboard a boat at 12:45 a.m. today (Aug. 9). Nyad “struggled through ocean swells, shoulder pain and asthma Monday before she was forced to give up the 103-mile swim,” CNN’s account says. Her team told the network that strong winds and tricky currents figured into her decision. Her Twitter feed reports that as of 8:30 a.m. Eastern, she was eating scrambled eggs aboard the boat heading back to Key West. “I am not sad,” she said. “It was absolutely the right call.”