Reza Baluchi left the St Augustine area for a 1,000-mile journey but wound up back ashore the next day (Picture: AP)
A man who tried to ‘walk’ on water from Florida to New York using a bubble-running wheel device didn’t go long before he washed ashore – even farther from his destination than where he started. Reza Baluchi left Friday from St Augustine on a 1,000-mile journey north, but ended up on the beach 30 miles south the next day.
‘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 Flagler County Sheriff’s Office stated.
‘The US coast guard was contacted and arrived on scene to take over the case and ensure the vessel/occupant are USCG compliant for their safety moving forward.’
Baluchi set out on big barrel machination with flotation on either end. He ran on the surface of the barrel like a hamster in a wheel.
Reza Baluchi was picked up by the Coast Guard in 2014 during his last attempt at the trip (Picture: Getty Images)
Baluchi planned to survive on ‘protein bars, tuna, sea water purified through a filter, Gatorade and chewing gum for sea sickness’, his website states.
But he had to turn back when some of his navigation and safety equipment was stolen, according to the Sun Sentinel.
‘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,’ Baluchi told Fox 35 Orlando. ‘They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people.’
Baluchi said he intends to give it another go in better weather, according to the newspaper.
The trip was in the works since 2016. Baluchi first wanted to leave from Miami and head north, then go to the east side of the Bermuda Triangle and hit Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba and Key West on the way back, The Guardian reported.
‘I will show people anything you want to do, do it. Don’t listen to anyone,’ Baluchi said. ‘Chase your dreams.’
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