Bubble Man Running In The Ocean Gets An Expensive Rescue...Again

Bubble Man Running In The Ocean Gets An Expensive Rescue...Again

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Reza Baluchi is at it again. You may remember Baluchi from the last time he had the brilliant idea to run in a bubble in the ocean back in 2014.

The long distance runner had planned a 3,000-mile trip traveling between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico in a giant, self-designed, "Hydro-Pod". Another bubble! After the Coast Guard received a report of a disoriented man off the coast of Miami asking for directions to Bermuda they sent help to Baluchi. He initially refused, but three days later sent the signal. His 2014 rescue cost approximately $144,000 according to CNN affiliate, WPLG.
bubble (credit: abc)
It hardly comes as a shock to hear that his second attempt at a bubble journey to Bermuda ended similarly. It also doesn't come as a shock that the Coast Guard who was forced to rescue him yet again on Sunday, April 24, was...shall we say pissed. Baluchi was granted asylum in the United States in 2003 after fleeing from his native, Iran for having pro-Western sympathies. His website explains his intentions to raise money for children in need and to inspire those that have lost hope for a better future. Though Baluchi's intentions may be noble, the Coast Guard demonstrated how little they cared through a series of strongly worded tweets that included a letter they sent Baluchi earlier this month ordering him not to depart and threatening   7 years of jail and a $40,000 fine if he chose to continue with his second attempt. They also made it very clear that the cost of his last rescue in 2014 was at the expense of tax payers. Baluchi never thought his journeys would be easy. His website explains that temperatures inside the bubble could get up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. He planned on surviving off of homemade protein bars and fishing while getting sleep when the waters were calm in a hammock inside the bubble. He tried to launch on Wednesday, April 22, but was forced to return back to shore due to strong winds and currents. He launched again on Saturday, April 23. According to the Coast Guard, Baluchi voluntarily ended his quest on Sunday, April 24.  
  H/T CBS, WTVR, RunWithReza

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