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)
NEW YORK (AP) — Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (NY'-ad) is entering the final hours of her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Nyad started the 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. Contributors make donations anytime during her swim.
Just before 5 a.m. Thursday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 44 hours and had raised nearly $84,000.
Last month, the 64-year-old New York native became the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.
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