Runner in Inflatable Bubble Rescued

Started 1,000-mile crossing to Bermuda in Florida

Reza Baluchi's inflatable-bubble stunt was part of a goal to run across more than 190 recognized nations to encourage world peace. (Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)
Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Iranian American ultrarunner Reza Baluchi was rescued by the Coast Guard on Saturday while attempting to “run” more than a thousand miles between Florida and Bermuda, according to a CNN report. Baluchi was running in a custom-made inflatable bubble that allowed him to run across water. He was equipped with supplies and a satellite phone.

According to a press release, the Coast Guard first encountered Baluchi on Wednesday after receiving reports of a disoriented man off the coast of Miami asking for directions to Bermuda. Baluchi insisted on continuing, and the Coast Guard monitored his progress until he activated his emergency beacon 70 miles off the coast of St. Augustine.

Baluchi was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter and evaluated at the Coast Guard station in Clearwater, Florida. He does not appear to have been injured. Coast Guard public affairs specialist Mark Barney told CNN that Baluchi had been caught up in the Gulf Stream. “The chances of muscling out of the Gulf Stream were pretty low,” Barney was quoted as saying.

Baluchi had previously run 3,300 miles between New York and Los Angeles in 43 days and more than 11,000 miles around the perimeter of the United States.

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