Coast Guard Rescues Man Running Inside Inflatable Bubble From Miami to Bermuda


The U.S. Coast Guard provided this photo of Reza Baluchi, who planned to travel from Miami to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble. He became distressed and was rescued on Oct. 4, 2014, east of St. Augustine, Florida. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

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A man who planned to run from Miami to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble was rescued this weekend off northern Florida, three days after the Coast Guard asked him to call off his trip, officials said.

The Coast Guard said it received a report Wednesday that Reza Baluchi was seen in his bubble, disoriented and requesting directions to Bermuda. The agency said it sent a boat out to Baluchi, “conveyed the dangers of his voyage” and requested he stop because he didn’t have enough supplies, but he refused.

He had protein bars, bottled water, a GPS device and a satellite phone, the Coast Guard said.

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