The Coast Guard rescued Reza Baluchi, but not his bubble.
The 42-year-old endurance runner and peace activist had been attempting to run across 3,500 miles of ocean in an inflatable plastic bubble this weekend when, overcome with fatigue, he alerted the United States Coast Guard to his whereabouts.
Baluchi's goal: to run in a hamster-wheel-like hydro pod made of 3-mm-thick plastic around the Bermuda Triangle – from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico and back to Florida – to raise money for his charity, Plant Unity.
See how the bubble works in a video from 2013 below:
Early in the week, the Coast Guard warned Baluchi, who fled Iran to escape persecution and is now an American citizen, to abandon his adventure after they noticed he had only protein bars and water packed for the journey. Baluchi refused, claiming he was well prepared for the trip – and was planning to catch fish.
When exhaustion took over, however, Baluchi finally agreed to abandon his bubble dream. He activated aRead More »from Man's attempt to ride a Zorb around Bermuda falls desperately short