September 14th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

Diana Nyad's 'Xtreme Dream'

Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta follows Diana Nyad as she attempts to break a world record, swimming without a shark cage from Cuba to Florida after 30+ years of not swimming. Tune in to DIANA NYAD XTREME DREAM, Saturday September 17 at 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., and Sunday September 18 at 2 a.m. ET. Sanjay Gupta MD airs Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

For over a year, CNN producers Jennifer Hyde and Matt Sloane followed Nyad’s tenacious pursuit of the XTREME DREAM. In the pre-dawn moments before Diana’s boats arrived in Key West on August 9, Hyde had a special perspective on the scene, the emotions, the lessons learned and the meaning of the effort.

6 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Off the coast of Key West, Florida

As the sun rises, the 75-foot yacht Bellissimo nears shore in Florida, but not as hoped: 61-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad is now on board and no longer in the water.

Throughout the vessel, handlers and drivers, photographers, friends and family members are huddled in chairs, under tables and across the decks, catching a few moments of sleep after an emotional night and an exhausting journey.

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