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Cuba-Florida swimmer tackles NYC pool marathon

9:18 AM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
FILE - In a Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 file photo, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, begins her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba. Nyad's representatives said Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 that she's less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Florida in her latest attempt to swim there from Cuba. Nyad is trying to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida is attempting to swim a marathon in midtown Manhattan to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Diana Nyad (NY'-ad) started her 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.

Last month, the native New Yorker became the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.

She told The Associated Press on Monday that one of her swimming companions in Manhattan will be a dog named Roscoe that survived Sandy's floodwaters.

Nyad says she may break otherwise strict athletic rules by hugging some of the humans joining her in the two-lane pool.

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