She Couldn’t Wait to Say Thanks
Monday September 2, 2013 at 10:40am. Swim Time: 49:40

Well, Diana Nyad’s only failure today was her inability to make it to 50 hours without a big chat. That’s a long time not to talk for an extrovert like Diana, so 49 hours and 40 minutes into the swim with two miles to go as the crow flies, Diana called all five boats together in a circle around her and treaded water. She wanted to tell us something:

“Hi everybody,” she said, apologizing first for any lack of clarity in her articulation. “I have some bad abrasions in my mouth from the jellyfish mask, so excuse me if I have trouble talking.”

And then she proceeded to have no trouble talking.

Looking around at us as we bobbed on the boats, she said: “I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you. Some on the team are the most intimate friends of my life and some of you I’ve just met. But I’ll tell you something, you’re a special group. You pulled through; you are pros and have a great heart. So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”

“Thank you, all of you, thank you for your generosity.”

Update: 10 boats have assembled around Diana at 2.5 miles outside of Key West.


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