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Distance Swimmer Nyad in Midst of 48-Hour Swim for Sandy Victims

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NEW YORK (AP/WGGB) — The 64-year-old woman who swam from Havana to Miami is churning toward 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.

Just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 18 hours and had raised more than $54,600.

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 flood waters.

Tune in to Good Morning America on Thursday to watch her finish the swim live.

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