Reza Baluchi was attempting to run from Miami to New York City in the giant floating contraption for charity, but “complications” forced him to return to shore in Florida
A man attempting to run across the water from Miami to New York City found himself biting off more than he could chew after washing up on the shore not far from where he set off.
Reza Baluchi, an Iran-born cyclist, had planned on running in a giant floating hamster wheel to raise money for charity, but was stopped in his tracks when he faced “complications” that forced him to return to shore.
He was then stopped by deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) after residents spotted him in Hammock, near Miami.
The FSCO posted pictures of the unique vessel on Facebook and wrote: “This morning, the #FCSO responded to a call about a vessel washing ashore in the Hammock area.
“Thank you to the concerned citizens who reported this. We are happy to announce that the occupant of the vessel is safe with no injuries!”
And they later offered an update that detailed more of Reza’s plan.
They added: “The occupant advised he left the St. Augustine area yesterday to head to New York, but came across some complications that brought him back to shore.
“The US Coast Guard was contacted and arrived on scene to take over the case and ensure the vessel/occupant is USCG compliant for their safety moving forward.”
Speaking to FOX 35 News after washing up on the shore, Reza said his goal is to raise money for public services.
He said: “My goal is to raise money for homeless people, raise money for the Coast Guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department.
“They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people.”
This isn’t the first time Reza has taken to the water in a strange contraption – and it also isn’t the first time he’s had to be rescued.
In 2014, he attempted to journey 3,000 miles from Florida to Bermuda in a ‘hydro-bubble’, and two years later in 2016, he tried the trip again.
He was rescued off the coast of Jupiter by Miami Coast Guard, who deemed his five-month journey too dangerous and put a stop to his antics.
However, Reza won’t stop trying to complete his bizarre treks.
He added: “They stop me four or five times, but I never give up.”