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Man rescued in bid to cross Bermuda Triangle in bubble

October 10, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The US Coastguard has rescued a man who got into difficulties at sea while attempting to travel from Miami to the Bahamas through the Bermuda Triangle in a giant inflatable plastic bubble.

The man, Reza Baluchi, 42, is an Iranian exile living in the US and a well-known extreme marathon runner. The giant bubble he designed, along the lines of New Zealand’s “Zorb”, contains a treadmill. As Baluchi runs inside it, the whole bubble turns, propelling it through the water.

Called a “hydro pod bubble runner” by the inventor, the contraption consists largely of metal, soccer balls and transparent plastic sheeting.

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Critics have compared the invention to a hamster wheel and called its inventor a madman. Baluchi says he is doing it to “unite the world as one”.

After a test-run from the Californian mainland to Santa Catalina Island (a much shorter distance) Baluchi decided to travel from Miami to Bermuda and Puerto Rico, and then back to Miami. Even one way, the distance is about 1660 kilometres.

Coast Guard officials told The Miami Herald Baluchi seemed disoriented and fatigued when rescued, but had no apparent injuries. The Coast Guard warned Baluchi he was not getting very far, running on his treadmill, and a storm was on the way.

Baluchi felt he could continue, claiming he had prepared for two years for the trip, the newspaper reported.

Baluchi had some protein bars with him for sustenance and planned to catch fish for food.

Baluchi came to the US in 2002 from Iran after spending seven years biking across 55 countries, according to his website. He was granted political asylum.

“I believe that anything is possible”, he declares.

In 2010, a 65-year-old Irishman crossed the Irish Sea in a bathtub and reached Scotland — but that distance is only about 30 kilometres and he had fitted the bathtub with an outboard motor.

Written by : Peter Needham

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