POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A guy decided he’d run from Florida to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble — what could go wrong? — but his trip was cut short when the Coast Guard had to rescue him. For the SECOND time.
The Coast Guard was NOT happy.
The military branch posted a series of critical tweets stating that the aspiring bubble runner, Reza Baluchi, was ignoring Coast Guard safety orders. Baluchi voluntarily ended his voyage, according to the Coast Guard on Twitter.
Baluchi had intended to be at sea for five months, raising “money for children in need and to inspire those that have lost hope for a better future,” according to his website.
Earlier this month, the Coast Guard had ordered Baluchi not to depart “because your vessels and the conditions under which you are attempting to complete your voyage to Bermuda is unsafe,” in a letter.
Baluchi wrote on his website Wednesday that he had secured a support boat to lead him into international waters and that he intended to depart from Pompano Beach, Florida, on Friday. It’s unclear when he departed.
Again, the Coast Guard was NOT happy.
By Sunday, they’d plucked him from his “HydroPod” and tweeted that Baluchi’s voyage had ended “after he violated a USCG order not to embark.”
In 2014, the Coast Guard rescued him after receiving a report about a disoriented man in a bubble off the coast of Miami, who was asking for directions to Bermuda.
Baluchi initially refused to quit his journey, but asked for help three days later. A HC-130 airplane and MH-60 helicopter, along with the vessel Maersk Montana, were sent to rescue him about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine. His 2014 rescue cost $144,000, according to CNN affiliate, WPLG.
The Coast Guard was quick to note that the taxpayers bear the expense of his rescues.
And now, taxpayers are NOT happy, right??