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    Paddleboarder Completes Solo Cuba-to-Key-West Crossing

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    A South Florida lifeguard landed on a Key West beach Thursday, completing a historic paddleboard crossing of the Florida Straits from near Cuba to the island city.

    Cynthia Aguilar finished the 103.2-mile journey in 29 hours and 12 minutes, after beginning Wednesday morning about 14 miles off northern Cuba. She is the first solo prone paddleboarder (propelling the board with her arms) to cross the Florida Straits and, when verified, should set a record for the longest nonstop prone paddle.

    Her effort, along with a documentary, are to benefit the Make-A-Wish
    Foundation of Southern Florida, a non-profit that grants wishes for children
    with life-threatening medical conditions.