July 1st, 2012
03:22 AM ET

Swimmer abandons bid to swim from Cuba to U.S. unassisted

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.

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  1. HIDE BEHIND

    After a few strokes upon the keys waves of shame overcame me, the stings of wildlife and the sharks of correct english sank their barbs and, while swimming against the current which kept pushing me away from the topic were not that strong, I grow tired of wondering what abd the he– Was so interesting to make me comment in last place.

    July 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I have question about blog

    This woman who swims, does she have ability to place bombs on underside of military vessels?

    July 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of Cuba and the United States of America,
    I guess you donot need comon sense to be a swimmer,This grandmother should have done so research (or asked somebody in Cuba)before attemping this swim.There must be a million stories of Cubans try to escape Castro that ended up as Shark Food!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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