Cuba-to-Florida swimmer says she is 'through with the ocean'

Tue Sep 3, 2013 3:28pm EDT
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By Michael Haskins

KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old American woman who swam from Cuba to Florida, vowed on Tuesday to raise money for victims of terrorism and natural disasters with endurance swims in a pool, saying "I am through with the ocean."

Nyad said she would undertake long-distance swims in a portable pool to be installed in New York. She pledged to swim 48 hours on October 8-10 to raise money for people left homeless last year by Hurricane Sandy.

"No waves, no jellyfish, no seasickness," Nyad said on CNN, referring to the pool.

She also plans to take the pool to Boston to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing tied to the anniversary of the April 15 attack and later to Moore, Oklahoma, to raise money for victims of a tornado that devastated that town in May.

"This is going to be my thing for the next two years, to not forget people who have had their lives damaged so badly in natural and terrorist disasters," she told MSNBC.

Nyad hinted she may also be planning a one-woman stage show.

Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba without a shark cage, coming ashore on Monday after covering the 110 miles in 53 hours.

She set a record for the longest ocean swim without a shark cage or flippers, according to her crew.   Continued...

U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad , 64, walks to dry sand, completing her swim from Cuba as she arrives in Key West, Florida, September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity