A 49-year-old grandmother who wanted to become the first person to swim 103 miles from Cuba to the Florida Keys unassisted ended her bid early Sunday morning when a strong current in the shark-infested waters made it "impossible" for her to continue, her team said.
Penny Palfrey, an Australian-British endurance swimmer, braved jellyfish stings and the scorching sun but kept swimming since taking to the water Friday morning.
Had she been able to keep up her pace, she would have come ashore on the Florida Keys on Sunday afternoon.
But at 2 a.m. Sunday, her team said in a Facebook post that the attempt was halted.
"Penny Palfrey had to be pulled out of the water, after swimming for more than 40 hours, at approximately midnight tonight due to a strong southeast current that made it impossible for her to continue her swim," the post said. "Penny is presently on her escort boat being taken care off by her crew."
The note didn't say how far she had ultimately swum.FULL STORY