Record breaker Nyad attempts 48-hour swim in the middle of Manhattan

The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida is attempting to swim in a pool in midtown Manhattan for 48 straight hours to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.




Wearing a pink swim cap, Diana Nyad dove into the 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square and began doing laps shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.

— Associated Press

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who recently completed a record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, completes a lap during a continuous 48-hour marathon swim event in New York's Herald Square called "Swim for Relief," which aims to raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

"Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad, fresh off her record-braking swim from Cuba to florida swims at day 1 of "Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Pedestrians watch U.S. long-distance swimmer Nyad during her 48 hour continuous swim at Herald Square in New York

Pedestrians watch U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad during her 48 hour continuous swim at Herald Square in New York October 8, 2013. According to a media release, Nyad is holding the 48 hour continuous swim to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT DISASTER SWIMMING)

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR P&G - Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad, left, high fives GMA anchor Lara Spencer before Nyad starts her 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief" to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in New York's Herald Square. The swim is raising funds for AmeriCares, a non-profit relief organization, with P&G brands such as Duracell, Tide and Secret underwriting the production costs to maximize the funds donated. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for P&G/AP Images)

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR P&G - GMA anchors Robin Roberts, left, and Lara Spencer pretend to join long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad before the start of her 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief" to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in New York's Herald Square. The swim is raising funds for AmeriCares, a non-profit relief organization, with P&G brands such as Duracell, Tide and Secret underwriting the production costs to maximize the funds donated. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for P&G/AP Images)

U.S. long-distance swimmer Nyad begins her 48 hour continuous swim at Herald Square in New York

U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad begins her 48 hour continuous swim at Herald Square in New York October 8, 2013. According to a media release, Nyad is holding the 48 hour continuous swim to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The Empire State Building is seen in the background.. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES= - Tags: SPORT DISASTER SWIMMING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who recently completed a record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, greets the media before beginning a continuous 48-hour marathon swim event in New York's Herald Square called "Swim for Relief," which aims to raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

"Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad (L), fresh off her record-braking swim from Cuba to Florida and ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor Lara Spencer attend day 1 of "Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

"Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad, fresh off her record-braking swim from Cuba to florida swims at day 1 of "Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

"Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad, fresh off her record-braking swim from Cuba to Florida attends day 1 of "Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

"Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad (L), fresh off her record-braking swim from Cuba to Florida and ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts attend day 1 of "Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

"Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Day 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad, fresh off her record-braking swim from Cuba to Florida attends day 1 of "Swim For Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Herald Square on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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