Endurance swimmer moves from Cuba toward Fla.

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(AP) – Open-water swimmer Diana Nyad is pushing through dark waters early Monday as she tries to complete a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim without the aid of a shark cage.

Her team has been trying to find a path through a storm that’s been nearly stationary over the 62-year-old Los Angeles woman. But they say Nyad is safe and feeling strong as she swims.

Nyad has already edured jellyfish stings on the current attempt. Stings forced her to cut short her second of two attempts last year as toxins built up in her system.

Nyad turns 63 Wednesday and is making her third attempt since last summer at a cage-less crossing of the Straits of Florida. She also made a failed try with a cage in 1978.

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