Captain Bubble’ eyes another adventure
A man who famously attempted to “run” from Florida to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble is planning a second attempt.
Reza Baluchi, who resided in Pompano Beach, Florida, made headlines in 2014 when he was rescued around 70 miles off the US coast in his homemade “Hydropod” — asking the Coast Guard to point him in the direction of Bermuda.
Despite falling short, the 44-year-old endurance athlete who has competed in several extreme events told The Sun Sentinel that he intends to set out for the island again — although he refused to say when as he did not want to be stopped by authorities.
“They say if they come and rescue me, I’ll have to pay $120,000,” he said. “But I don’t pay money, I raise money.
“I have a satellite phone, a GPS tracking device, I don’t need rescue. I’m Captain Bubble.”
Mr Baluchi told the newspaper he expects to be at sea for between 21 and 45 days during a 3,500 mile trek through the Atlantic to Bermuda and beyond in an effort to raise funds for Plant- Unity, a charity that supports educational opportunities for children.
He was quoted as saying: “First I’ll go north to Jacksonville, go east to the Bermuda Triangle, to Bermuda, come back to Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, coming back to Key West and finish here, exactly the same place.”
Mr Baluchi also said he had only asked for directions to Bermuda as a joke. Since his 2014 attempt, he said he has remained in training and refined his equipment and his hydropod — including adding a sign stating: “Don’t burst my bubble please.”
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