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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Described as a 'spokesman' for the group, he was much more than a PR man, he was the voice and the brains behind so much of the terror.
The plane was travelling to Manchester but had to land in Birmingham after one of the tyres burst.
The TV sports presenter has arrived back in the UK where she will be making her recovery in St James Hospital in Leeds.