ORLANDO, Fla. (TheBlaze/AP) — A man trying to reach Bermuda in an inflatable bubble was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after he began suffering from fatigue.
The air crew was able to safely pick up Reza Baluchi and the bubble Saturday morning, Coast Guard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said in a statement. He was transported to a nearby Coast Guard station and found to be uninjured.
Officials originally received a report of Baluchi floating in the bubble on Wednesday. The Coast Guard arrived on the scene about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine to find him disoriented and inquiring how to get to Bermuda.
Crew members conveyed the dangers of the proposed trip and asked Baluchi to end it — he refused.
But because of fatigue Saturday he activated his locator beacon.
A photo of the bubble on his Facebook page looks similar to the one featured in a YouTube clip about Baluchi's experiments with it:
A marathon runner, Baluchi was to cross the ocean to Bermuda, down to Puerto Rico and back to southern Florida, according to NBC News.
Baluchi has twice run across the U.S. and in 2007 ran around the perimeter of the country, NBC News added, citing Baluchi's website.
A Coast Guard official called Baluchi on Thursday telling him he had “great concern” for the adventurer's safety and that currents were likely to push him far north of his intended course — but no avail, NBC News said.
Here's video of the Coast Guard rescue as well as its communication with Baluchi previous to it via NBC News: