A man who was attempting to run from Florida to Bermuda had to be rescued by the Coast Guard yesterday after he got himself in to some trouble.
Reza Baluchi is an ultramarathon runner who has been on a quest to run across a number of countries in an effort to raise awareness of his campaign to promote world peace through athletic challenges, but his latest task proved to be a bit too much for him.
His plan was to get from Florida to Bermuda inside an inflatable bubble, and running across the water that separates the two. Inside his bubble he had a GPS device, protein bars and some water, but given the extreme nature of the challenge, it proved to be too much.
The Coast Guard first made contact with Blauchi on Wednesday after receiving reports that there was a man in a bubble off the coast asking directions to Bermuda and seemingly disorientated, and after unsuccessfully trying to convince him to end his quest, he eventually had to call for help yesterday after he got into difficulty.
Baluchi was airlifted by helicopter from his bubble and taken to hospital for evaluation, but it seems that nothing too serious has occurred. Coast Guard public affairs specialist Mark Barney told CNN that "part of his effort was to make world peace but he got caught up in the Gulf Stream. "The chances of muscling out of the Gulf Stream were pretty low."