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British man uses dolphin to deliver marriage proposal

A imaginative British man used a dolphin to ask his girlfriend to be his wife at Discovery Cove in Orlando at the weekend.

Alex Rigby and Debbie Preston, both from St Helens, were swimming with a dolphin in Florida when the dramatic proposal unfolded.

Alex Rigby, 27 asked his girlfriend, Debbie Preston, 26, to be his wife at Discovery Cove in Orlando at the weekend Credit: PA Wire

The dolphin swam over to her with a buoy that said 'Debbie, will you marry me?'.

The bride-to-be, who was greeted with a ring when she emerged from the water, struggled to find the words to sum up the "emotional" event saying: "I can't speak right now. I can plan a wedding. Yeah! Great!".

A dolphin swam over to the bride-to-be with a buoy that said 'Debbie, will you marry me?' Credit: PA Wire

Mr Rigby said he had been building up to the event for some time and had thought a lot about how he would pop the question.

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Final moments of Nyad's historic Cuba-Florida journey

Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on her fifth attempt.

Well-wishers clap as Diana Nyad swims through the crowds at Smathers Beach in Key West.
Well-wishers clap as Diana Nyad swims through the crowds at Smathers Beach in Key West. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Diana Nyad looks shaky as she makes it to the beach unaided.
Diana Nyad looks shaky as she makes it to the beach unaided. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Diana Nyad collapses into her friend's arms as she completes her 110-mile journey.
Diana Nyad collapses into her friend's arms as she completes her 110-mile journey. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Nyad tries to smile for the cameras after historic swim

Diana Nyad tries to smile for the cameras after her epic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.
Diana Nyad tries to smile for the cameras after her epic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Credit: NBC News

US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad tried to smile for the cameras after completing her 110-mile journey from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Diana Nyad was placed on a stretcher and took her to hospital.
Diana Nyad was placed on a stretcher and took her to hospital. Credit: NBC News

Ms Nyad, whose face was swollen, was placed on a stretcher and hydrated with an intravenous drip before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Cuba-Florida swim completed in less than 53 hours

US veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swam approximately 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds, her support team announced.

They wrote on her Twitter account:

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In 52 hrs, 54 mins & 18.6 sec, #TheOtherShore is hers, is ours, is yours to share on this historic day. http://t.co/IzKSkLoUzY #XtremeDream

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.

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":

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