An endurance athlete who tried to run across the water from Miami to New York City in a giant floating hamster wheel for charity washed up on a Florida beach not far from where he left.
Deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene at a beach in Hammock, near Miami, after concerned residents reported seeing the unusual cylindrical craft.
When they arrived, they said, they found Reza Baluchi, 49, of central Florida, safely inside with no injuries.
The crazy thing consists of a metal drum, with paddle wheels on either side that float, theoretically allowing him to run over the waves.
Baluchi is said to have told authorities that he tried to sail the floating ship from Florida to New York to raise money for charity, but “came across some complications that took him back to shore,” the Sheriff’s Office said. Flagler County in a facebook post after the rescue.
“My goal is not just to raise money for the homeless, raise money for the coast guard, raise money for the police, raise money for the fire service,” Baluchi said. FOX35 News.
“They’re in government service, they’re doing it for safety and they’re helping other people.”
Delegates from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded Saturday morning at the scene of a beach in Hammock, Florida, where residents reported a floating craft washed up.
Reza Baluchi, 49, was found safe inside the ship and told authorities he was trying to use it to travel between Florida and New York
Baluchi told FOX 35 he planned the trip to raise money for charity het
Ironically, after officers managed to get him out of the floating device, they called in the Coast Guard to make sure the ship met nautical safety standards.
He reportedly carries a GPS with him on all his hikes so family and friends know where he is at all times, has enough food and water to keep him safe and can “survive anywhere for days and weeks.” his friend, Gina Laspina told the local news channel.
But this isn’t the first time Baluchi has had to be rescued from one of his floating ships, which he calls a “bubble.”
Baluchi had to be rescued from a ‘hydro bubble’ near Saint Augustine in 2014 when he attempted to travel 3,000 miles from Florida to Bermuda.
And in 2016, he had to be rescued off the coast of Jupiter. The Miami Coast Guard spent 12 hours trying to get him out of his homemade inflatable bubble after already warning him not to embark on a “life-threatening” 3,500-mile ocean voyage.
Prior to that trip, Baluchi had received a written warning from the Coast Guard not to undertake the five-month voyage from Pompano Beach, Florida, en route to Bermuda via the Caribbean. Officials said it was too dangerous, endangering him and other sailors.
Baluchi had constructed other ‘bubbles’ in the past and takes food and water with them to survive the long treks
He has been rescued in one of these pods twice before but is not giving up and is now planning to travel to Bermuda
But although his latest stunt in 2021 failed again, the adventurer says he will “never give up on my dream.”
“They’ll stop me four or five times,” he told Fox35, “but I give up someday.”
According to his website Running with Reza, he dreams of running through all 194 recognized countries to “inspire us and unite us as a people.”
He was born in the north of Iran and at the age of 24 he started participating in cycling races, cycling through 55 countries on six continents for seven years.
“He brought a message of peace everywhere he went, shared love and began to experience life in a way many people can only dream of,” the website reads.
“Reza Baluchi has traveled our world and shared the lives of people from all nations. He understands that we are all the same and strives for peace in life and hopes to bring unity.’
To do that, it says he plans to run through all the countries of the world and “paddle a boat across the ocean to show the world that anything is possible if you just believe.”
Once he arrives in a country, his website says, a film crew will follow him to document the lives of ordinary people.
He now plans to travel to Bermuda in one of those bubbles.