U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida without the protection of a shark cage.
Diana Nyad swam for about 53 hours, covering a distance of 177 kilometers from Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba to Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida.
Onlookers crowded around the 64-year-old swimmer when she came ashore in Key West.
Nyad's lips were swollen, and she appeared exhausted, dazed and determined when she addressed the crowd.
"I've got three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you are never too old to chase your dreams. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it's a team," said Nyad.
Medics then escorted the record-breaker off the beach to receive medical attention.