A bubble runner was rescued off the coast of Florida after attempting to run in his “hydropod” inflatable bubble all the way to Bermuda.Wheels work good for hamsters, not people, but this Florida man thought running around and around on this apparatus would be one way for a long distance runner to jog on over to Bermuda, but he was wrong.
According to MSN News on April 24, this is not the first time long distance runner Reza Baluchi attempted this trip in a bubble. The Coast Guard picked him up 70 nautical miles off St. Augustin back in 2014.
The bubble, which would act like a giant beach ball caught up in the ocean winds, must be a hard device to navigate. The Coast Guard warned Baluchi, via a letter on April 15, not to attempt this bubble run to Bermuda this weekend when Baluchi submitted his plan.
CNN News reports that the Coast Guard wasn’t happy about the bubble runner ignoring their warnings not to embark on this journey. They “plucked” him from the ocean still inside his running bubble, then towed his bubble into shore.
The Coast Guard officials simply deemed it “unsafe” and warned him not to do it, but he did. Once again he took up the Coast Guard’s resources for a rescue after he was warned it wouldn’t work. Despite the Coast Guard’s adamant reply, Baluchi departed from Pompano Beach on Saturday and was voluntarily rescued on Sunday.
There’s not much the Coast Guard can do in a case like this. They warned him not to go, but he did. You just can’t not go and rescue the guy because they told you so! Maybe they should start charging him for these rescues? The letter did say he could be prosecuted if he attempted this and this could entail jail time.
This guy had high hopes as CNN reports “Baluchi had planned to travel 1,033 miles from Pompano Beach to Bermuda, then to Puerto Rico, Haiti and Cuba before heading back to Florida. Such a big plan for someone who lasted only one day on the water for his second attempt. On the map, it looks like he was planning to run the Bermuda Triangle. This guy just tempts fate all over the place!
Back in 2014 the Coast Guard rescued him after receiving a call about a disoriented man in a bubble in the middle of the ocean asking for directions to Bermuda. He first refused to go with the Coast Guard back then, but then agreed after three days on the water in this bubble. His 2014 rescue cost $144,000. CNN reports that the Coast Guard was “quick to note” that the taxpayers are the ones paying for these rescues.