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Peace activist rescued after attempting to cross Caribbean in "hamster wheel"

When the Coast Gurard first arrived Reza Baluchi asked them how to get to Bermuda
Oct 5th 2014, 2:52 PM 12,122 14

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A LONGTIME ENDURANCE runner and peace activist attempting to make it to Bermuda from the US in a homemade floating “Hydro Pod” has been rescued suffering from fatigue.

A US Coast Guard air crew picked up Reza Baluchi and took him to a nearby station uninjured.

A statement on Baluchi’s website said the Iranian exile had planned to make the 1,033-mile trip in his self-designed bubble to raise money “for children in need” and “to … inspire those that have lost hope for a better future.”

Baluchi has made headlines many times before with previous efforts to break long-distance running and cycling records , including one six-month journey in which he ran around the perimeter of the US, and a seven-year bike trip that he said brought him across 55 countries on six continents.

His self-professed mission is to promote world peace and unity.

Floating Man Rescued The US Coast Guard arrive on scene off the coast of Miami. Source: PA Images

Baluchi was granted asylum in the United States in 2003 after being arrested in Iran for so-called pro-Western and anti-Islamic activities. He had served Baluchi served 11.5 years.

The “Hydro Pod” is a large bubble made of 3-mm- thick plastic accrding to his website

A man who appears on a video during the bubble’s construction compares it to a hamster wheel:

Source: Keith Holland/YouTube


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According to the site, Baluchi planned to run in the bubble in the mornings, cool off in the sea while leashed to the floating sphere, and sleep in a hammock inside it at night. In addition to the protein bars the Coast Guard said it found in his bubble, he planned to catch and eat fish, the site said.

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 activated his locator beacon Saturday because of fatigue, Fajardo said.

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