She almost broke he own record. Two days after setting off on her historic swim….

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… Diana Nyad emerged from the water after 29 hours braving ocean swells and strong winds, protected from sharks by a circle of small craft and supported by a crew including former WVFC editor Elaine Lafferty, who was running her Twitter feed while she was in the water. It was that feed that first alerted the media and her supporters: “It’s over. the combination of factors was too much to safely continue.” We’ll update this later, with more commentary from Nyad — meanwhile, let’s salute the 61-year-old who has nonetheless demonstrated what we can do.