Reza Baluchi Attempts to Run From Florida to Bermuda in ‘HydroPod’ and Is Rescued—Again

By Andrew Simontacchi, Epoch Times
April 26, 2016 Updated: April 26, 2016

Reza Baluchi, 44, was towed by the U.S. Coast Guard (again) for trying to make a long-distance run from Florida to Bermuda in his acclaimed “hydropod,” on April 24.

His estimated 5-month “journey at sea” began in Pompano Beach, and was headed north to Jacksonville when the Coast Guard nabbed him and reeled him in.

In an April 15 statement—released on Twitter just a few days ago—the Coast Guard said Baluchi was “not authorized to depart,” stating the “vessel and conditions under which you are attempting to complete your voyage to Bermuda is unsafe.”

The document references Baluchi’s original 2014 voyage, stating: “In November 2014, you attempted this voyage unsuccessfully and ultimately placed an enormous financial burden on the taxpayers to conduct a rescue.”

After heading north to Jacksonville, Baluchi planned to head east to Georgia and to the Bermuda Triangle, then south to Puerto Rico, then Haiti, Cuba, and back to Key West, before returning to North Ocean Park in Pompano Beach—his starting point.

Prior to his failed trip, Baluchi wrote on his personal website that he “will be attempting a life threatening journey at sea for charity.”

The website says: 

“Reza will use technology including a GPS, satellite phone and video camera to record his journey. He will bring a White House flag to display in every destination. He will survive on protein bars, tuna, sea water purified through a filter, Gatorade, and chewing gum for sea sickness. Reza will be wearing his hand designed Ultimate life jacket that he created for survival in extreme water sports.”

The Coast Guard said Baluchi’s latest attempt could land him up to 7 years in confinement and a $40,000 fine.