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Chloe McCardel abandons her Cuba-to-Florida swim attempt

Chloe McCardel abandons her Cuba-to-Florida swim attempt
Chloe McCardel waves to spectators as she begins her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba. (Ramond Espinosa / Associated Press)

Chloe McCardel of Australia ended her attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage after 11 hours on Wednesday when she was stung multiple times by jellyfish.

"She got stung all over her body — back, legs and arms. Nailed multiple times, all at the same time," Bob Olin, captain of McCardel's support boat, told the Associated Press.

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McCardel was taken aboard her support boat, which is in its way to Key West, Fla.

McCardel, 28, hoped to complete the 100-mile swim in 60 hours.

"It is the hardest swim in the world today," McCardel said Tuesday. Looks like she was right.

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