Australian forced to give up Cuba-Florida quest

Australian Chloe McCardel had a remarkable goal.

The endurance swimmer was determined to swim from Cuba to Florida, through shark-infested waters without the aid of a shark cage, in a world-record attempt.

The quest was admirable considering it was for cancer research charity.

But it wasn’t sharks that plagued McCardel in the early going of her 104-mile journey. Jellyfish stings forced the 28-year-old to give up her quest after 11 hours. Support boats took Cardel out of the water and back to Key West.

If you don’t think jellyfish stings are painful, here’s what McCardel said to the Associated Press of the ride back to Key West after being stung numerous times:

“It was two and a half hours of the worst pain, continuously, every second, of my whole entire life. It’s like fireballs in every fiber,” she said.

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