Jellyfish Halt Cuba-Florida Swim
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This was meant to be the start of Chloe McCardel's record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida. She was hoping to become the first person to make the gruelling journey without a shark cage. In the end it wasn't the sharks who brought the attempt to a premature end...it was jellyfish. Painful stings from a swarm of the creatures just 11 hours into the swim forced McCardel to ditch the whole idea.

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This was meant to be the start of Chloe McCardel's record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida. She was hoping to become the first person to make the gruelling journey without a shark cage. In the end it wasn't the sharks who brought the attempt to a premature end...it was jellyfish. Painful stings from a swarm of the creatures just 11 hours into the swim forced McCardel to ditch the whole idea. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHLOE McCARDEL, SWIMMER, SAYING: "I was now in searing pain, my hips were locked, I felt like they'd been compressed. I felt paralysed from the waist down. I couldn't kick, I couldn't get any forward movement on my front." McCardel was pulled from the water by her back-up team and rushed to Key West. She'd hoped to swim more than 170 kilometres...when she called off the ill-fated attempt she'd covered just 22.