Man Traveling in ‘Ocean Bubble’ From South Florida to Puerto Rico Rescued at Sea

(NBC Miami) A Florida man trying to reach Bermuda, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico in a giant inflatable bubble was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard over the weekend.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said long-distance runner Reza Baluchi was picked up Sunday off Florida and his “hydropod” was being towed to shore. Baluchi agreed to be voluntarily rescued.

The Coast Guard tweeted Sunday that Baluchi’s voyage had ended “after he violated a USCG order not to embark on his seagoing journey.”

The contraption, years in the making, includes 36 buoyancy balls on each side, a life jacket with a water filter, a GPS tracking device and even shark repellent.

Baluchi set out from Pompano Beach on Saturday, despite receiving an April 15 letter from the Coast Guard warning him not to depart, according to Barney.

The Coast Guard said it had reviewed Baluchi’s plan and determined it to be unsafe. The first leg alone was about 1,033 miles.

Baluchi, however, was undeterred.

“Mind is power. It’s 85 percent your mind. Anything you can do,” he said before leaving Florida.

He tried to make a similar journey in 2014 and had to be rescued about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine.

Baluchi — an endurance athlete who has biked through six continents and run the perimeter of the United States — has said his eventual goal is to run through every country in the world and raise money for children in need.

 I saw the headline and was a little surprised that someone would try to travel 3,500 miles from south Florida to Georgia then on to Puerto Rico and Haiti before finally returning to to the starting point.
But then I saw he was from Florida and it all made sense, he’s just joining the long list of Florida men and women who commit the strangest crimes. But unlike most of his peers he was doing this for a good cause that raises money for children in need somehow. I don’t know how that is supposed to work but maybe its awareness, look at me thing like the Ice bucket challenge or what the Call your Shot will probably turn into. Its noble in some strange way nonetheless.
The big problem I with it is if some yahoo wants to get into a bubble and spin across the ocean on his volition and knows the risks the Coast Guard should let him instead of wasting resources and time not once but two times as his he previously tried to make this journey in 2014.  Now he’s facing jail time and a fine for his attempted efforts. Which is so dumb, it makes more sense to just leave him out there then. With no sails or steering I am pretty sure the wind would decide where this ball goes more than him just spinning.
If he wants to go out into international waters in his air bubble and spin around like a hamster until a Kraken eats him or a storm sinks that bubble…LET HIM. We have an overpopulation problem in this world and fighting natural selection is not the way we will overcome it. What better way to gain attention for your cause than dying for it. But if he made it, what a story that would be right.  Hey Reza here’s a pro-tip for your next attempt, when you send in the plans to get reviewed by the coast guard just leave a couple weeks earlier than you put in your itinerary. Got to keep those guys on their toes.