Story at a glance:

  • A Florida man washed ashore in a bubble-running wheel device.
  • He was inside a large barrel machination, equipped with flotation devices on each end.
  • He was going to live off “protein bars, tuna, sea water purified through a filter, Gatorade and chewing gum.”

A Florida man who attempted to run on water from the coast of Florida to New York City washed ashore in Flagler County. 

Reza Baluchi emerged from the water in a bubble-running wheel device 30 miles from St. Augustine on the east coast of Florida on Saturday after he attempted his run to raise money for charity, Fox 35 Orlando reported.


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“My goal is to not only raise money for homeless people, raise money for the coast guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department,” he told the TV channel. “They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people.”

Baluchi was inside a large barrel machination, equipped with flotation devices on each end. 

Like a hamster in a caged-wheel, he planned on running on the surface of his barrel while allowing his movements steer him to the destination.

Baluchi had to turn back from his venture after some of his safety and navigation equipment was stolen, the Sun Sentinel reported. He also plans to resume his travels once the weather improves, according to the paper. 

Baluchi planned to subsist off of “protein bars, tuna, sea water purified through a filter, Gatorade and chewing gum for sea sickness,” according to his website regarding how he would survive a long journey.

According to Baluchi’s website, he has been planning this since 2016, initially wanting to leave near Miami and travel north along the coast before swinging by the east side of the Bermuda Triangle. 

On the way back, he planned to go to Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba and Key West, The Guardian reported.


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Published on Jul 27, 2021