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Nyad: 'We should never ever give up' on our dreams

US swimmer Diana Nyad said people should "never ever give up" after she completed her fifth attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Looking sunburnt and with a swollen face, Ms Nyad said she had "three messages" after swimming approximately 110 miles.

Diana Nyad can be seen swimming amid a crowd by Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida.
Diana Nyad can be seen swimming amid a crowd by Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida. Credit: NBC News

She continued: "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..." before she collapsed her head onto her friend's shoulder.

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Cuba-Florida swim 'proves dreams do come true'

US veteran long-distance swimmer has achieved her dream to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on her fifth attempt.

Her support team wrote on Twitter that her victory "proves dreams do come true":

US Coast Guard escorts swimmer as she nears beach

The US Coast Guard is escorting veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad as she nears Smathers Beach in Key West - the end of her journey from Cuba to Florida.

Ms Nyad's team wrote on Twitter:

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#DianaNyad has Coast Guard escort as she nears beach. Her team being ferried by dinghy ahead of her. THOUSANDS of fans at #SmathersBeach

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Swimmer's team posting 'through tears & giddy smiles'

The support team for US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad said they are posting Twitter updates "through tears and giddy smiles" as she nears the end of her epic Cuba to Florida journey:

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Confession: We're posting through tears & giddy smiles & exhausted eyes after tens of thousands of page refreshes & no sleep. #XtremeDream

Nyad two miles from completing Cuba-Florida swim

US swimmer Diana Nyad is just two miles from completing her Cuba to Florida swim without a shark cage.

After almost 50 hours swimming the Florida Strait, Ms Nyad said, "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."

Diana Nyad speaking as she had two miles to go until reaching Smather's Beach in Key West.
Diana Nyad speaking as she had two miles to go until reaching Smather's Beach in Key West. Credit: diananyad.com

She thanked her support team for their generosity, adding, "Let's get going so we can have a whopping party."

Ms Nyad also apologised for her speech, saying, "I have some bad abrasions in my mouth from the jellyfish mask, so excuse me if I have trouble talking."

Doctors: Cuba-Florida swimmer's tongue & lips swollen

Doctors said veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad's tongue and lips are swollen as she makes the final push for the Florida coast.

US swimmer Diana Nyad is making her fifth attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
US swimmer Diana Nyad is making her fifth attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Credit: REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Dr Kot and Dr Covington, part of Ms Nyad's support team, said her speech is slurred as a result of the swelling.

Although they are concerned about the 64 year old's airways, they have not intervened in her attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

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