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Ben Friberg paddle boards from Cuba to Florida

Media captionBen Friberg says he had to manage his pain throughout the journey

A US musician has become the first person to paddle board between Cuba and the US, accomplishing the 111-mile (179km) voyage in 28 hours.

Guitarist Ben Friberg of Tennessee was accompanied by a support boat - his father among the crew - providing navigational advice and nutrition.

He stood for most of the trip from Port Hemingway, Cuba, to Key West, Florida.

Mr Friberg, 35, spent about a year securing permission for the trip, according to expedition materials.

He wore long socks, a long-sleeved white shirt and a long-peaked cap to shield him from the sun as he paddled the 14ft (4.3m) board.

His support team said he encountered rough seas.

As he reached the beach in Key West on Friday - dehydrated and exhausted but otherwise healthy - he was helped ashore.

Before leaving, he said he was attempting the feat "to promote peace and understanding between Cuba and the US and to promote a healthy lifestyle."

Swimmers have attempted the journey several times only to abandon the effort after painful jellyfish stings.

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