Man’s charity sea voyage in a home-made pod goes badly wrong
An experienced marathon runner who was attempting to reach Bermuda from the US in a self-built inflatable bubble, has been rescued by Coast Guards after suffering from extreme exhaustion.
Reza Baluchi was spotted by Coast Guard watchstanders on Wednesday floating inside the bubble 80 miles off the shore of St. Augustine, Florida, looking disoriented and asking for directions to the island cluster roughly 1,000 miles from Miami.
He was picked up by US Coast Guard air crew on Saturday morning and taken to a nearby coast guard station, where he was described as safe and well.
The Coast Guard said it was first made known of a man floating in a giant bubble on the sea on Wednesday. After Baluchi had alerted the emergency services of his need for help, rescuers found him disorientated and asking how to get to Bermuda.
Baluchi, an Iranian exile, was attempting to 'Zorb' the 1,033 mile trip
He set off in his inflatable ‘Hydro-pod’ from California in order to raise money for “children in need” and “to… inspire those that have lost hope for a better future” according to his website.