|Published:||Jun 12, 2013 10:55 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 12, 2013 10:55 AM EDT|
HAVANA (AP) - Australian endurance athlete Chloe McCardel is stroking steadily through the balmy waters off Cuba in an attempt to become the first person to swim from Havana to Florida without a protective shark cage.
McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the northeast.
On the way she'll be braving exposure, sharks and stinging jellyfish, and pushing the limits of human endurance.
She calls it "the hardest swim in the world today."
McCardel jumped into the water at Havana's Hemingway Marina on Wednesday morning. Accompanied by kayakers and a support boat, she began heading north.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Man linked to Pt. Charlotte accused in wife's death
- 2 Cape Coral men accused of battery on an FHP officer
- Cape PD warns residents of housing scam
- Punta Gorda victim of theft follows and detains suspect
- Woman allegedly threatened to shoot man as he walked his dog
- Florida skydiver falls with tangled parachute
- 3 headliners cancel music performances at SeaWorld
- Lee County Sheriff's deputies investigating copper theft
- NTSB releases preliminary report on Fla. jet crash
- 3 people killed in Florida Panhandle boat crash