MIAMI — Seashells, plastic water bottles, the occasional flip-flop. Individuals are regular items you may possibly locate on a beach front.
But a big hamster wheel? Not so possible.
On Saturday early morning, a Florida man was discovered within a big floating contraption, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Workplace, which posted images of the red device washed up on shore.
The company says “driver” Reza Baluchi was inside of, unharmed. The 49-calendar year-old told authorities he was making an attempt to raise revenue for charity by “running” on drinking water from St. Augustine to New York Town by way of Bermuda, but ran into some difficulties.
Baluchi and his hydropod, as he calls it, washed ashore close to Hammock, in Flagler County, about 30 miles from the place he to start with started the endeavor in St. Johns County.
Flagler County deputies mentioned they arrived at the seaside after a number of alarmed callers claimed observing the UFO, unknown floating object. The hydropod is generally a steel cylinder with paddle wheels.
The extensive-length runner told authorities he “came throughout some problems that introduced him back to shore.”
The funds Baluchi was trying to raise was to go to to start with responders, the variety that just bought him out of his hottest condition. The vessel is reportedly outfitted with GPS and more than enough food and drinking water for times.
This is hardly the adventurer’s very first brush with catastrophe: Baluchi manufactured his initially failed endeavor in 2014, making an attempt to get to travel north, right before having to be rescued in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean at a value of $144,000 to taxpayers.
His 2nd endeavor two several years afterwards also unsuccessful when he was stopped by the Coastline Guard for safety factors.
On his site, RunwithReza.org, he claims long run options include meeting with entire world leaders to inspire “connectivity,” planting a tree as a “symbol of increasing personalized empowerment,” and developing a fact exhibit.