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Published October 09, 2013, 08:37 AM

Record-breaker Nyad in midst of 48-hour NYC swim

NEW YORK (AP) — The 64-year-old woman who swam from Havana to Key West has passed the halfway mark in her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

NEW YORK (AP) — The 64-year-old woman who swam from Havana to Key West has passed the halfway mark in her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Diana Nyad started her 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 24 hours and had raised more than $56,500.

Last month, the native New Yorker became the first person confirmed to have swum from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

She told The Associated Press on Monday that one of her swimming companions in Manhattan will be a dog named Roscoe that survived Sandy's floodwaters.

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