A man attempting to “run” from Pompano Beach, FL to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble had to be rescued a second time by Coast Guards.
Reza Baluchi, a runner extraordinaire, was planning to make the 1,033 mile journey in his Hydro Pod, an inflatable bubble, made from plastic three millimeters thick. It moves along the ocean’s surface, while Baluchi runs inside, like a human hamster wheel.
According to Baluchi’s website, the cause was to “raise money for children in need and to give inspire those that have lost hope for a better future. Also to raise awareness for his Non-Profit Organization called Plant Unity.”
Nevertheless, the voyage was cut short and the Hydro Pod towed back after the United States Coast Guard had to intervene. And they were not happy to say the least.
In fact, they released a series of tweets reflecting their disgust:
Back in 2014, Baluchi had unsuccessfully attempted the journey and not only was he in major need of help and had to be rescued, but he apparently “placed enormous financial burden on taxpayers.”
“In 2014, the Coast Guard rescued him after receiving a report about a disoriented man in a bubble off the coast of Miami, who was asking for directions to Bermuda,” Madison Park said via CNN.
“Baluchi initially refused to quit his journey (in 2014), but asked for help three days later. A HC-130 airplane and MH-60 helicopter, along with the vessel Maersk Montana, were sent to rescue him about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine.”
Baluchi was planning on surviving in the Hydro Pod by catching fish (as he’s supposedly an amazing fisherman), eating homemade protein bars, sleeping on a hammock inside the bubble and having a tracking device on him.
Temperatures could reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit inside the bubble, so if Baluchi were to overheat, he’d jump into the sea to cool down. But, he’ll have a leash attached to his leg and bubble at all times. Safety first!