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US swimmer begins fifth and final Cuba-Florida bid

US swimmer Diana Nyad (R) gets ready to swim in a three-day non-stop journey from Havana to Florida at the Ernest Hemingway Nautical Club, in Havana on August 31, 2013. Nyad set off from Cuba Saturday in her fifth and final bid to become the first person US swimmer Diana Nyad set off from Cuba Saturday in her fifth and final bid to become the first person to reach Florida without the protection of a shark cage. "Thanks, my Cuban friends," the 64-year-old said in Spanish before she jumped into the water at the Hemingway International Yacht Club west of Havana at 1400 GMT.