A man who was bound and determined to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a theoretically seaworthy homemade flotation device was rescued by the US Coast Guard on Saturday after his third attempt at the trip failed.
That morning, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) in Bunnell, Florida received a call from “concerned citizens” about a ship that had run aground overnight. Based on three photos the Sheriff’s Office shared on Facebook, the ship is visually comparable to a human-sized hamster wheel; it looks like a metal cage sandwiched by buoys arranged in a circle.
The occupier, believed to be a man named Reza Baluchi, told FCSO MPs he left the town of St. Augustine on Friday with the intention of “running” from Florida to New York on the ship. , according to the post. However, he said he “had encountered complications” which had forced him to return ashore shortly after setting out to sea, the post said.
These complications involved the theft of Baloutchi’s “safety and navigation equipment”, tools he said were necessary for life at sea, he said. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In addition, he encountered bad weather, the Sentinel reported.
While some commentators on the FCSO’s Facebook post praised Baluchi’s persistence, others called his stated goal “crazy” or worse.
“Let man live his life!” He has a goal and tries to accomplish it. Better than most people! A fan wrote.
“Pretty good, it’s something he’s apparently determined to do. Frankly, it’s just good to see someone try to do something and think for themselves,” said another.
” It’s crazy. Could you imagine being in the open sea in this thing? Calm days would be hard enough in the swell, but stormy days? I guess it would float, but who knows where you would end up? “an opponent replied.
Contacted by the FCSO, the coast guard “arrived on site to take charge of the case”, according to the letter. Now the agency knows Baluchi and his mission intimately; Representatives were deployed to rescue the Iranian immigrant when he attempted to “run” to Bermuda on various occasions in 2014 and 2016, according to CNN.
While Baluchi claims to have both walked thousands of miles during his career, the reason he continues to do the stunt is apparently philanthropic rather than athletic in nature. “I was born to travel the world – in 195 countries – in my bubble to promote peace,” read his biography on Twitter.
“My goal is not only to raise funds for the homeless, [but also] fundraise for Coast Guard, fundraise for police department, fundraise for firefighters. They are in the public service, they do it for safety and they help others, ”he told local media FOX 35 News.
News week contacted runwithreza.org, Baluchi’s website, for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.