Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage and the latest entry on Diana Nyad’s blog on Sept. 2, reads, “Hey all, Chris on the web team again - the group out in Florida is probably going to be busy cheering, hugging and celebrating for a while. Unfortunately that means there won't be a ton of updates here until they've had time to party down. The GPS tracker is going to follow whoever carries it - I think it's actually on a ship anchored just off the beach right now. Hard to tell while everyone celebrates, so apologies for the lack of updates, but I hope everyone's enjoyed the journey. I'm sure Diana will speak to the press as soon as she's able - maybe today, maybe after a good long sleep. Go party!” According to a Sept. 2, 2013, ABC News report, 64-year-old Diana Nyad walked up onto Smathers Beach in Key West at 2 p.m. (EDT).
As shown in her Key West arrival video, Diana Nyad spoke breathlessly to an applauding audience.
"I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team."
In addition to Diana Nyad’s support team, which included five boats that escorted her through the rough waters, Diana Nyad's web team kept an interested audience up-to-date on her Nyad XTreme Dream blog.
This was Diana Nyad’s fifth try to complete the approximately 110-mile swim from Cuba to Havana. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. She had also tried in 1978. Today, 35 years after her first attempt, Diana Nyad has fulfilled her life-long dream.
Diana Nyad, who is a Los Angeles native, left from Marina Hemingway in Cuba at 8:59 a.m. on Saturday morning. Since Diana Nyad’s previous attempt to reach Florida had been stopped by stinging jellyfish, Diana Nyad wore a custom-made mask during her swim. While the custom-made mask slowed her down and made it more difficult to breathe, it nevertheless became a vital defense against the jellyfish.
According to Diana Nyad’s blog on Monday, the doctors on one of the support vessels expressed their concern about Diana Nyad’s breathing, her swollen tongue and lips, her slurred speech, and the fact that she was “very cold.”
Diana Nyad had said that this would be her last attempt at fulfilling her life-long dream.
To combat having been in the water for two days, Diana Nyad cancelled her scheduled feeding stops and continued to swim in order to stay warm. According to her blog, Diana Nyad would usually receive food and water from her five support boats by stopping every 40 minutes to eat some bites of scrambled eggs and pasta.
After her successful arrival in Key West, Diana Nyad was met by crowds who surrounded her and celebrated with her as she staggered ashore. Assistants who had been waiting for her to give her medical treatment, placed her on a stretcher, hydrated her with an IV, and took her to a hospital.
As Chris informed Diana Nyad’s fans on her blog, “I'm sure Diana will speak to the press as soon as she's able - maybe today, maybe after a good long sleep.”
This morning, about two miles before she had reached her life-time goal of staggering onto the sandy beach of Key West, Diana Nyad was treading water and spoke to the support team vessels that surrounded her.
"I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. This is a lifelong dream of mine and I'm very very glad to be with you. Some on the team are the most intimate friends of my life and some of you I've just met. But I'll tell you something, you're a special group. You pulled through; you are pros and have a great heart. So let's get going so we can have a whopping party."