Only God knows how many Cubans have lost their lives in the Florida Straits trying to escape the island prison of Cuba. Nevertheless, there seems to be some morbid (and offensive) obsession with foreigners wanting to swim from Cuba to the U.S. as if the countless dead in those waters never existed.
Australian to swim Cuba-US without shark cage
SYDNEY — An Australian open-water distance swimmer who has made multiple crossings of the English Channel on Sunday announced an ambitious bid to swim solo from Cuba to the United States without a shark cage.
Chloe McCardel, 27, has twice won the Channel Swimming Association’s Sotiraki Cup for the fastest swim by a woman across the strait between England and France — in 2011 and 2012 — and has also won the gruelling Manhattan Island Marathon.
But McCardel has set an even loftier goal for 2013, unveiling plans to swim a daunting 170 kilometres (106 miles) solo and non-stop from Havana in Cuba to Florida’s Key West in some 60-70 hours.
If successful she will set a new world record for longest solo unassisted ocean swim, currently held by British-Australian Penny Palfrey for a 108-kilometre swim without shark cage or wetsuit in the Caribbean in 2011.
For the first time in history McCardel hopes to complete the testing Gulf Stream and Florida Straits crossing without the protection of a shark cage, compounding the difficulty of her daring feat.
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