Topics » Science & Technology   Aug. 23, 2012

Diana Nyad: A Swimmer Battles the Elements

On the Boat but not Defeated

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On the Boat but not Defeated

Nyad rests aboard her escort boat after being pulled from the water 51 miles into the swim, her face swollen and sunburned. Still, Diana was not discouraged as she was lifted onto the boat, and talked minutes later of going back in. But lightning, thunder and winds tossed the vessel up and down. In a long discussion with her team, she decided that the obstacles against the swim were too great and agreed at dawn to return to Key West by boat.