Earlier on Tuesday, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled out of the water during the fourth day of a monumental attempt to swim between Cuba and Key West, Fla. The swimmer had aimed to traverse the waterway between the two countries -- an incredible distance of 103 miles -- without a shark cage, any long rest breaks or contact with any person. She had spent three years training for the ordeal.
Sadly, she was pulled from the water a day before she was scheduled to arrive in Florida on her 63rd birthday. Yet hours later, the wear that the journey had on the swimmer became apparent as photos of her condition were circulated by her support team, which cited jellyfish stings, hypothermia, storms and, perhaps most gratuitously, swollen lips as reasons why the swimmer couldn't continue.