Diana Nyad during her preparation for her third attempt to swim from Havana to Key West, Florida

Photo: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

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September 2011
On September 23, 2011, she tried for a third time. As it would be for her future swims, she dove in without a shark cage. Diana was stung twice by box jellyfish, and Diana's medical team warned her that additional stings could be deadly. Nearly two-thirds of the way through her swim, she decided to heed their advice and stop.
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