Across the ocean in a hamster wheel: Reza Baluchi tried to make a charity run from Miami to New York on a giant floating structure, but “complications” forced him back to shore in Florida.
A man who tried to run on the water from Miami to New York found that he bit off more than he could chew after being thrown ashore near where he started.
Reza Baluchi, a cyclist of Iranian descent, had planned to run in a giant hamster float to raise money for charity, but he was stopped when he encountered “complications” that forced him back to shore.
He was then stopped by Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies after residents spotted him in Hammock, near Miami.
FSCO posted photos of the unique vessel on Facebook and wrote, “This morning #FCSO responded to a call about a vessel washed ashore in the Hammock area.
“Thank you to the concerned citizens who reported this. We are happy to report that the owner of the vessel is safe and unharmed!”
They later offered an update detailing Reza’s plan.
They added, “The owner of the vessel reported that he left the St. Augustine area yesterday to go to New York, but encountered some complications that forced him to return to shore.
“The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted and arrived on the scene to take matters into their own hands and ensure that the vessel/operator meets USCG requirements to ensure their safety going forward.”
Speaking with FOX 35 News after being washed ashore, Reza said his goal was to raise money for public needs.
He said: “My goal is to raise money for the homeless, to raise money for the Coast Guard, to raise money for the police department, to raise money for the fire department.
“They’re in public service, they’re doing it for safety and to help other people.”
It’s not the first time Reza has been out on the water on a strange device – and it’s also not the first time he’s had to be rescued.